Erdoğan’s office to Macron: It is ‘valuable’ to meet Turkey’s president

1
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) speak during a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eric FEFERBERG

The Turkish Presidency’s official Twitter account on Wednesday posted a picture of French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with a message saying it is “valuable” to meet Turkey’s president.

The message came after a meeting on Tuesday between Erdoğan and Macron in New York in response to Macron’s complaints about having to speak with Turkish President Erdoğan every 10 days.

The Twitter message, which was written in French, said: “La rencontre avec le président de la Turquie est une valeur,” which could mean meeting Turkey’s president is valuable.

Macron’s remarks came during an interview with Le Point magazine, which asked if Macron was aiming to be “cool” on the global stage.

“The global stage is not really a ’cool’ scene, you know. … I am the one who has to talk with Erdoğan every 10 days,” said Macron.

While Macron did not comment any further, an aide later said that Macron was referring to the serious nature of the conversations with Erdoğan.

Macron has phoned Erdoğan several times to request the immediate release of French journalist Loup Bureau, who was arrested on Aug. 1 in the southeastern Turkish province of Şırnak on charges of aiding and supporting a terrorist organization.

1 COMMENT

  1. Did Mr. Macron seriously say that? ““The global stage is not really a ’cool’ scene, you know. … I am the one who has to talk with Erdoğan every 10 days.” That’s not statesman-like at all. And it doesn’t help to be so rude and dismissive. I think that was very immature of him and I don’t buy his assistant’s lame excuse, either. To say that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a ruthless dictator who is destroying Turkey day by day is to say the truth. But to single him out in a magazine interview to whine about having to talk to him makes Macron sound like a bored schoolboy, who is being snotty to no useful political end whatsoever.

LEAVE A REPLY