France’s Macron to Meet Turkey’s President Erdoğan in Paris
Turkish President Erdoğan travels to Paris on Friday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron while Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will be heading to the hometown of his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, on Saturday in a bid to patch up ties.
The visits come a week after Erdoğan voiced hope that Turkey could mend fences with several European nations, declaring that his country “must decrease the number of enemies and increase friends.”
Ties between Ankara and some European nations were already at a low over Turkey’s stalled EU membership negotiations. Tempers flared after authorities in several countries last year prevented Turkish government ministers from holding political rallies to court expatriates’ votes in a referendum on giving Erdoğan expanded powers. Erdoğan unleashed a series of insults at his allies, accusing European officials of racism, harboring terrorists and behaving like Nazis.