Macron and Erdogan talked about middle east tension

Macron and Erdogan express concern over increased Middle East tensions

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French President Emmanuel Macron held a telephone conversation on Friday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, during which politicians emphasized the danger posed by increased tension in the Middle East, said the communiqué of the Champs Elysees.

“The leaders of the two countries expressed their joint concern over the growing tensions in the Middle East that arose as a result of recent events in Iraq. They pointed out in this regard the need to avoid dangerous escalation,” the communiqué said.  During the conversation, the French president “recalled the priority importance of the fight against the Islamic State group, as well as the full involvement of France in the actions of the international anti-terrorist coalition.”

Regarding Syria, Macron “stressed his concern about the humanitarian situation and the security situation in Idlib.”  With regard to Libya, the French president “strongly emphasized that there can be no military solution to the crisis” in this country.  He pointed out that it was important “to avoid any escalation associated with increased foreign military influence.”  In addition, Macron emphasized “the importance of consolidating international consensus at a conference in Berlin in order to, on the one hand, achieve a stable ceasefire in Libya, and on the other, provide a way out of the crisis by returning to a political process carried out under the auspices of the UN and  based on the interlivian dialogue. ”

The French president also “recalled the clear and unanimous condemnation by the European Council of both the agreement between Turkey and the Libyan Government of the National Accord to delimit their sea space, and Turkey’s actions regarding Cyprus.”

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