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France, US share worry about Turkish behavior

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PARIS – The US administration and Europe need to work jointly to address actions led by Turkey in the Middle East over the past few months, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told French daily newspaper Le Figaro.

“France’s President Emmanuel Macron and I agree that Turkey’s recent actions have been very aggressive,” Pompeo said, citing Turkey’s recent support of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia as well as military moves in Libya and the Mediterranean.

“Europe and the US must work together to convince Erdogan such actions are not in the interest of his people,” Pompeo said, referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Pompeo said increased use of Turkey’s military capability was a concern, but he did not say whether the country, which hosts US military forces at its Incirlik Air Base, should stay in or quit the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

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