French min­is­ter Asks Turkey to re­spect EU

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD - The As­so­ci­ated Press

ANKARA, Turkey — France’s for­eign min­is­ter called on Turkey’s gov­ern­ment Thurs­day to re­spect Euro­pean Union val­ues and to work to im­prove its strained re­la­tions with Ger­many and other EU na­tions.

For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-yves Le Drian said at a news con­fer­ence with his Turk­ish coun­ter­part in Ankara that France does not want to see a “rup­ture” in Turkey’s con­nec­tion to the Euro­pean bloc.

Le Drian also called for a swift trial for jailed French jour­nal­ist Loup Bu­reau, who has been jailed in Turkey since July 26 on sus­pi­cion of ter­ror­ism “so that he may rapidly re­turn to France and to his fam­ily.”

Le Drian says Turk­ish lead­ers agreed to im­prove the con­di­tions un­der which Bu­reau is be­ing held and to al­low the jour­nal­ist fam­ily vis­its.

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