France's Juppe meets with Turkish PM

17th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe held talks with Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Thursday expected to focus on the crisis in Syria.

The one-hour meeting, which was closed to the press, was to be followed by a working dinner between Juppe and his Turksih counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu who will also hold talks on Friday, the Anatolia news agency reported.

After Turkey, the French minister is due to visit the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.

Turkey, once a close ally of Syria, has become increasingly outspoken in its criticism of Bashar al-Assad's regime since an anti-government uprising began in March.

Ankara has already announced a halt to joint oil exploration with Syria and has threatened to cut electricity exports there.

On Wednesday, France announced it has recalled its ambassador to Syria after its diplomatic missions there were attacked amid ongoing protests against the Assad regime.

© 2011 AFP

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