Season of Turkiye in France
The Season of Turkiye continues in Paris with an exhibition of Turkish art through the ages held at the Grand Palais in Paris. The art exhibit "From Byzantium to Istanbul, One Port for Two Continents," was organized by the Réunion des musées nationaux and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Frances President Nicolas Sarkozy got together at a working lunch at Elysee Palace on Friday.
The Turkish president made no press statement after the hour-long meeting, which Sarkozy's office said had "concluded with a resolve to work more closely together, in all fields both diplomatic and economic."
Turkiye is being promoted in 70 cities of France with more than 400 cultural and economic activities within the scope of "Season of Turkiye" for nine months.
Paris and Ankara seek stronger economic ties. However Turkiye's ardent bid for membership to the European Union – and France's firm opposition – overshadow their relations.
Gül said whether or not to join or refuse the EU was a matter to be discussed after the process ended.
Earlier Gul and Sarkozy jointly opened a major Paris exhibition on Istanbul, the flagship event in a season of events celebrating Turkish history and culture in France.
The Turkish leader also met twice with Prime Minister Francois Fillon during his Paris stay, with both calling for France and Turkiye to step up reciprocal business investments.
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