France welcomes verbal truce with Turkey 

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French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greet each other during a joint press conference in Paris, France on 5 January 2018 [LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images]

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Friday welcomed what he described as the end of verbal altercations between Paris and Ankara, and demanded in return real initiatives from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a series of contentious issues. Le Drian told BFM TV: "There is a truce in verbal attacks. It is a good thing, but it is not enough," considering that the bilateral ties between the two sides are "in a stage of recovery". He added: "Ending verbal attacks does not mean actions, and we expect actions from Turkey on sensitive files, especially in Libya and Syria, as well as in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Cyprus file." "We will see if President Erdogan has changed more than […]

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