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President Macron urges continued EU ties with Turkey

President Macron urges continued EU ties with Turkey

President Macron, on Thursday, urged that ties with Turkey and European Union should be maintained even if the country had taken a worrying turn of late.

French President Emmanuel Macron disclosed this in an interview, stating that Turkey is a vital partner of the European Union.

The comments from the French president followed ones on Sunday in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel said talks on Turkish membership of the European Union should be halted.

Speaking to Greece’s Kathimerini newspaper, Macron said:

“Turkey has indeed strayed away from the European Union in recent months and worryingly overstepped the mark in ways that cannot go ignored, notably concerning the customs union”.

“But I want to avoid a split because it’s a vital partner in many crises we all face, notably the immigration challenge and the terrorist threat,” he added.

 

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