Ankara, 6 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of the Republic of Türkiye, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, welcomed his French Counterpart, Catherine Colonna, to Ankara on Monday to discuss bilateral relations between the countries, as well as the regional and international development.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu welcomed Catherine Colonna, Minister of Europe, and Foreign Affairs of France, during her visit to Ankara.

The Misters of both countries discussed bilateral relations. In addition to that, they also highlighted Turkiye’s EU accession process and current regional and international.

The Minister of Türkiye also discussed France’s Turkish and Muslim communities. He also highlighted the Visa Issues the community faces.
In addition to that, they also discussed regional issues, particularly the Ukrainian Crisis.

In the Joint Press Conference with his French Counterpart, he emphasized that “difference of opinions can not prevent the countries from cooperation.”

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The Ministers also discussed Syria, Libya, and Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant developments.

Türkiye-France Bilateral Relations

France is an important trade and economic partner as well as one of the leading allies of Turkey. Both countries pay high official visits to each other.

Both countries are NATO members. Ankara has shown discontent with Paris over its policies on Syria, Libya, the Eastern Mediterranean, and other issues. Still, both countries have tried to find a common road to normalizing relations over the years.

The bilateral trade volume between Turkey and France stood at 14 billion 657 million USD in 2017. From 2002-2017, the total amount of direct investments from France to Turkey is 6 billion 957 million USD.

There are about 650 thousand Turkish citizens living in France. Over 300 thousand of them also hold French citizenship.