Ankara: We are waiting for France to ensure the safety of Turkish mosques

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that Ankara is waiting for Paris to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Turkish and Islamic mosques and associations in France.

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This came in a press conference held on Monday with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna at the headquarters of the Turkish Foreign Ministry in the capital, Ankara.

Çavuşoğlu explained that the growing phenomenon of racism and hostility to Islam in the European continent is cause for concern.

He added that Turkey and France are two countries with historical relations in the political, economic and cultural fields, pointing out that he agreed with his French counterpart to continue cooperation in facing regional and global challenges.

He continued, “It is clear that we do not agree with France on every issue, but this does not prevent dialogue and work together. We have reduced differences of viewpoints through dialogue.”

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He expressed his gratitude for the rapprochement and intense dialogue that took place recently between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

Çavuşoğlu stressed the need to strengthen dialogue and talks between Ankara and Paris on many regional and international issues of common interest.