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Turkey does not see other countries as rivals in Africa, says FM

Turkey does not see other countries as rivals in Africa or other parts of the world and is keen to cooperate with everyone, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Monday at a joint press conference with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna in the capital Ankara.

Noting that Türkiye considers Africa an equal partner, the senior Turkish diplomat said Ankara could provide assistance to Paris if it encounters difficulties regarding visits to the continent.

“We use clear expressions in our statements. We previously said that France should learn from its previous colonialist approach to the continent, which backfired,” Çavuşoğlu said.

He went on to say that if there is an anti-French position in African countries, it is not due to the provocations of Turkey or other countries, but to the past position of France.

Last week, Türkiye blasted what he called “unacceptable” comments by French President Emmanuel Macron in Algeria about foreign powers spreading anti-French propaganda in Africa.

“It is extremely regrettable that French President Emmanuel Macron made statements targeting our country, as well as other countries, during his visit to Algeria,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç said in a statement. a written response to journalists’ questions.

“It is unacceptable that French President Macron, who is struggling to face his colonial past in Africa, especially in Algeria, tries to get rid of his colonial past by accusing other countries, including ours,” he said. he adds.

Bilgiç said Ankara hopes France will reach the “level of maturity” to deal with its colonial past “without blaming other countries”.

During a visit to the former French colony aimed at mending troubled ties, Macron appeared to warn young Algerians and Africans not to be manipulated by “networks” influenced by Turkey, Russia and China who present the France as an “enemy”.

“There is immense manipulation,” Macron told reporters.

“Many political militants of Islam have an enemy: France. Many networks that are secretly pushed – … by Turkey … by Russia … by China – have an enemy: France. “

Macron’s three-day visit to Algeria was aimed at turning the page on months of tensions with the North African country, which earlier this year marked six decades of independence after 132 years of French rule.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister also said that Türkiye expects the necessary measures to be taken for the security of mosques as well as Turkish and Muslim communities in France.

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