Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

In Paris, Erdogan calls Turkey a 'state of law'

In Paris, Erdogan calls Turkey a 'state of law'

Erdogan arrived in Paris on Friday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that political developments in Turkey were effectively blocking its European Union accession bid, suggesting a "partnership" instead of full membership.

5 during the former's trip to Europe seeking to warm up ties with the European Union, which have been strained since Turkey's July 2016 coup attempt. CGTN's Kevin Ozebek reports on a cordial meeting with deep divides.

Turkey took a step on Friday towards closer defence cooperation with France and Italy with a contract for a study into the development and production of a long-range air and missile defence system, APA reports quoting Reuters. The PKK is recognized as a terror organization by the U.S., EU, and U.K. Ankara also considers YPG to be a terrorist organization, but the U.S. and EU do not. These gardeners are those people viewed as thinkers.

The Turkish president made the remarks during his meeting with members of the Movement of the Enterprises of France, a Paris-based federation.

The P24 press freedom group says there are 151 journalists behind bars in Turkey, most of whom were arrested under the state of emergency in place since July 2016.

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On Wednesday, President Macron said it was important to maintain dialogue with Iran, warning that the tone of comments adopted by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia toward Tehran was virtually a path to war."The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is nearly one that would lead us to war", Macron told reporters.

Mr Erdogan accuses Mr Gülen of mounting an attempted coup in July 2016.

In advance of the visit, at least seven French human rights groups and political parties demanded that Macron protest against Mr Erdogan's detention of some 50,000 people accused of links with the Islamist preacher Fethullah Gülen, who lives in exile in the US. Many have protested they are innocent. He said Pakistan had rendered historic sacrifices in the war against terrorism. "They're in jail just because they did their jobs", Christophe Deloire from Reporters Without Borders said.

"Even if they hate each other (Turkey and European nations) are aware that they are obliged to cooperate on so many issues", said Semih Idiz, a Turkish foreign policy analyst who writes for al-Monitor website. "It's not a relationship that can be thrown away, and sure there is a lot of difficulties in the relationship".

However, the invitation has been sharply criticised by some, in particular the French left - the Socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced she was "concerned" about the state of "human rights and local democracy in Turkey".

The fact that Erodgan came to Paris to meet with Macron showed the growing influence of France.

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