Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed Friday Turkey's willingness for a closer cooperation with France to achieve regional and global peace and stability. At a joint news conference with French Foreign Secretary Bernard Kouchner after their meeting in Paris, Davutoglu said that he had chance to discuss with Kouchner Turkey's EU bid, as well as developments in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Balkans and Caucasus.

He said Turkey and France were sharing a common vision on international issues, and the two countries had a potential to work together in a wide range of areas from the Balkans to Afghanistan.

Davutoglu said that he thanked French officials for their support to steps for normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia.

Kouchner talked about France's interest in the planned Nabucco pipeline project, Davutoglu told reporters, adding that Turkey believes that this project was a common area of interest and that it could be more effective with more participants.

Upon a question on Turkey's EU membership, Davutoglu said Turkey would not accept anything other than full membership.

On his part, Kouchner said that Turkish-French relations have been advancing and Turkish President Abdullah Gul's latest visit to Paris enhanced the relations more. There was great cooperation possibilities in the areas of economy, politics, culture and defense, he said.
French minister said he was eager to visit Turkey in the coming period.

"Season of Turkey" activities in France have been continuing successfully, Kouchner said.

Meanwhile, diplomatic sources told the A.A correspondent that French authorities proposed that a working group should be established to boost relations between the two countries during meetings. Turkish party said this working group should only exert efforts to improve ties.
French minister also expressed his support to Turkey's initiatives regarding Iran, sources added.


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