French president's remarks on speaking to me are ‘positive’: Erdoğan

French president's remarks on speaking to me are ‘positive’: Erdoğan

French presidents remarks on speaking to me are ‘positive’: Erdoğan

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 1 he was not at the point of clearing up his French counterpart President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks on speaking with him, as he noted he saw it as a positive thing for them.

“Honestly, I am not at the point of figuring out what he [Macron] meant. That needs to be learned from Mr. Macron. I only know one thing, since they request to talk, I would not want to turn them down, because I want to gain friends and lessen those who look at us in a negative way. However, I do not think negatively [of the remarks] given to that magazine, but on the contrary, that speaking with the President of Turkey is a positive thing for them,” Erdoğan told reporters after prayers for the Eid al-Adha celebration.

The French president had said on Aug. 30 that life as a world leader was less “cool” than it might seem, referring to talks with Erdoğan as an example.

In an interview with Le Point magazine, Macron was asked if he was trying to be the new “cool” kid on the global stage.

“The global stage is not really a ‘cool’ scene, you know,” he replied. 

“I am the one who has to speak with Erdoğan every 10 days,” he said as an example. He did not elaborate.

The last known conversation between Macron and Erdoğan was on Aug. 27, when they discussed the fate of a French journalist jailed in Turkey.

An aide to Macron later said the French president had not meant to mock or criticize his Turkish counterpart. 

“The conversations with Mr. Erdoğan are always very serious,” the aide explained.