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France’s Macron to Meet Turkey’s Erdogan in Paris

  • Bilateral relations, Syria, Palestinian issues also on agenda
  • President’s office says human rights to be discussed
Emmanuel Macron, France's president, speaks to journalists as he arrives at a European Union (EU) leaders summit at the Europa Building in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

President Emmanuel Macron will meet his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Paris on Jan. 5 to discuss bilateral relations as well as the Middle East issues, according to French president’s office.

“The meeting, which follows the regular conversations of recent months, will be an opportunity to discuss issues related to bilateral relations between our two countries, as well as regional issues including a particular focus on the Syrian file" and the Palestinian one, Macron’s office said in a statement. "The issue of human rights will also be discussed."

Erdogan is meeting Macron for the first time in Paris since the French election in May. Macron in a phone call earlier this month asked Erdogan to tone down his reaction to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Turkish president has threatened to cut newly restored ties with Israel over the decision.

In May, both presidents agreed to work together on terrorism in all its forms at a meeting in Brussels.

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