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Turkey split erupts ahead of D-Day ceremony

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Turkey split erupts ahead of D-Day ceremony


Disagreements between the US and France over Turkey’s EU ambitions have surfaced during talks between their leaders.

President Barack Obama had come to France to mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day and he was warmly welcomed by President Nicolas Sarkozy. They discussed a range of issues including EU-US relations and Iran’s nuclear programme. But they differed on Turkey, whose EU entry France opposes. At a press conference Obama said: “I do think that Turkey is an enormously important ally in NATO, they are helping us in Afghanistan in that critical effort, they have a growing economy, they are interested in further integration with Europe, and I would encourage that, so I’ve said publicly that Turkish membership in the EU would be important.” Sarkozy said: “We have differences on the form, but there aren’t any differences on the objective of Turkey being a part of the bridge between East and West. I said to President Obama that, for me, it’s very important that Europe has its borders.” The presidents did, however, reaffirm their joint support for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict and agreed to work together on the global economy.

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