France calls on Turkey, EU states to ease tensions

Orient Net - Agencies 2017-03-13 06:55:00

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France urged Turkey and a number of EU member states to calm tensions, saying there had been no reason to prohibit a meeting on its soil on Sunday between Turkish foreign minister and a local Turkish association.

"Given the current tensions between Turkey and several member states of the European Union, France calls for a de-escalation," French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"In the absence of a proven threat to public order, there was no reason to prohibit the meeting," the ministry also said in the statement.

"It also calls on the Turkish authorities to avoid excesses and provocations," the ministry added.

Turkish Foreign Minister addressed a public meeting in eastern France on Sunday a day after the Netherlands did not allow his plane to land in a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish immigrants.