Sarkozy to visit Turkey after November

11:13, April 08, 2010      

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French President icolas Sarkozy promised to visit Turkey after this November during a meeting with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

Sarkozy accepted Erdogan's invitation during a meeting at the Elysee Palace, promising to start his visit "soon after the start of the French presidency of the G20."

France is expected to take over the presidency of the Group of 20 in November. French president's office explained that the arrangement was to "continue cooperation between the two countries. "

On the eve of his visit, Erdogan told the French daily newspaper Le Figaro that "Sarkozy should come to see what Turkey looks like today," complaining there may be misunderstanding by France.

France and Germany have been two major countries that firmly oppose Turkey's accession to the European Union.

After his meeting with Sarkozy, which covered topics ranging from bilateral cooperation to the Turkey's accession to EU, Erdogan left the Elysee Palace without making any statement to the press.

Later in the day, Erdogan will meet the Prime Minister Francois Fillon and French Parliament Speaker Bernard Accoyer. He will also meet with executives of leading French companies.

Erdogan attended the closing ceremony of "Season of Turkey" cultural activities in France after his arrival at Paris on Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua


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