Erdoğan to Macron: It is a value to meet Turkey’s president

French President Emmanuel Macron

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

The message came after a meeting on Tuesday between Erdoğan and Macron in New York as a 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 means meeting Turkey’s president is a value.

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. (turkishminute.com)

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