French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan tomorrow morning on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, the Elysee Palace announced today, stressing the importance of allies “speaking honestly”. ” between them.
This meeting is scheduled for 10.30 (Greek time) and is part of the efforts made by many of the leaders of NATO member countries to persuade Turkey not to block the accession of Sweden and Finland.
Macron, who is expected to arrive in Madrid tonight, recently said, welcoming NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that he would ask Erdogan to “clarify” his stance.
“We have always said the same thing: in an alliance, we must talk, speak honestly with each other when we have disagreements,” the French presidency said. “We have had discussions with Turkey in the past that were sometimes difficult (…) because we considered that its strategic choices did not correspond to the security interests of the allies, especially in Syria,” he added, referring to the 2019-20 tensions.
Paris “pays attention” to the “security issues” raised by Ankara but also to “respect for the principles on which the North Atlantic Alliance is based, and respect for fundamental rights,” he added.