Erdoğan says France visit to improve bilateral ties
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Jan. 4 his upcoming visit to France would improve bilateral relations.
“France and Turkey have many important steps to take politically, strategically and economically,” the Turkish president said.
“I will make my first visit to Europe [since the beginning of the year 2018] to [meet] my friend Emmanuel Macron,” said Erdoğan.
The Turkish president also noted that he had “excellent” contacts with former French presidents, including Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, during his 15 years in power.
“Now with Mr. Macron, we are in a new era. We have had a good start with Mr. Macron when it comes to regional and bilateral issues,” Erdoğan said.
"The steps we have taken until now with Mr. Macron are all in the right direction and I have a lot of hopes in Mr. Macron, especially as we have trilateral cooperation among Turkey, France and Italy in the field of the defense industry,” he added.