France: Hollande, Turkey hopes for improvement in relations

Erdogan, dialogue with social democrats easier

07 May, 18:49

(ANSAmed) - LJUBLJANA, MAY 7 - The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reacted to the election of François Hollande as France's new President. "Following the election of François Hollande, the Turkish government now hopes that relations between Paris and Ankara can be more constructive and that talks on Turkey's rapprochement with the EU will progress," Erdogan said today in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, where he is on an official visit.

Erdogan was quoted by the Slovenian news agency STA.

"For Turkey dialogue is easier with the social democrat block in Europe, which has always expressed support for Ankara's entry into the EU," said Erdogan, pointing out that his country has been knocking on the door of the EU for 50 years. "I hope that this anomaly can be rectified as soon as possible," he added. "The electoral cycle in France is not yet at an end and only after parliamentary elections in June will we really know real relationships will be," he added.

Asked about Nicolas Sarkozy, Erdogan said that he was saddened by the deterioration in relations between Turkey and France during the defeated French President's term in office, especially after Paris decided to criminalise any public denial of the Armenian genocide.

The website of the leading Slovenian newspaper, Delo, reported that Erdogan appeared happy with the result of the French presidential elections. (ANSAmed).

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