Macron to Erdogan: Turkey is obligated to respect the arms embargo imposed on Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 23 Sep 2020, 06:24 PM
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and France’s Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday they had held their first conversation in months following a standoff between the two NATO allies over mounting tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

French President Emmanuel Macron called on his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to "respect the United Nations embargo on arms exports to Libya," and also to commit to stopping the escalating tension in the eastern Mediterranean with Greece and Cyprus, which are members of the European Union.

Macron said in telephone conversations with Erdogan that Turkey "is obliged to fully adhere to the arms embargo in Libya within the framework set by the United Nations, and to respect the security interests of its allies in Syria," according to a statement by the French presidency, today, Wednesday.

In a statement after a call between the two leaders, the Turkish presidency said Erdogan emphasized the need for using diplomatic opportunities to de-escalate the situation and achieve sustainable negotiations.

The French foreign ministry said following the call, which lasted over an hour, that it hoped a dialogue between Turkey and Greece could continue, and said Macron had called for a similar approach with Cyprus.

“He (Macron) urged Turkey to fully respect the sovereignty of European Union member states as well as international law, and to refrain from any further unilateral action which could provoke tensions,” the French foreign office said, adding that Macron and Erdogan had agreed to keep in contact.

Relations between the EU and Turkey are badly strained on a number of issues, including exploration for hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean, where Ankara has been at loggerheads with EU member states Cyprus and Greece.

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