Turkish French Relations Gradually Improving

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–According to a Turkish daily Radical–there is a clear improvement in French-Turkish relations–that were spoiled after France officially recognized the 1915 Armenian Genocide a year ago.

The paper writes that preconditions for reviewing the relations–especially in the area of military cooperation–are being created.

Last month–a senior official of the Turkish foreign ministry visited France and made a preliminary agreement–according to which several French companies will implement several programs involving Turkish naval forces.

The Radical says that as a result of strained Franco-Turkish relations–several Turkish military programs suffered.

The Turkish national security council decided last year to cancel several military deals with France–including orders for a military satellite and electronic equipment for F-16 fighters.

The paper writes that when the Turkish Ambassador Syonmez Kioksal returned to Paris three months after he left–the relations between the two countries began improving.

The French companies can expect deals totaling $5 billion–however–hopes to accomplish the same level of relations before Turkey’s boycott will not be realized unless the Turkish security council erases its economic embargo against France.


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