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    France ready to cooperate with Turkey over nuclear power

    Hürriyet Haber
    04 Şubat 2006 - 12:21Son Güncelleme : 04 Şubat 2006 - 12:21

    French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste Blazy visited Ankara on Friday to hold talks with top government officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, and State Minister for Economy Ali Babacan. Accompanying the minister were French business executives from Eurocopter, Arianescape, Suez, Veolia, Alstom, Arcelor, Laboratoires Fabre companies. The discussions covered the controversial cartoon debate and cooperation between the two countries on nuclear energy.

    Bazy said that France was ready to cooperate in the building of nuclear energy plants, which Turkey is planning to build. The Cyprus issue was discussed as well as European Union membership and the Iran crisis.

    After meeting State Minister for Economy Ali Babacan, Blazy said, “In the near future France wants to work with Turkey in business areas such as intercommunication, transportation, and above all nuclear energy."

    The French minister conveyed the related wishes of French companies when he met Gul and Erdogan, a French diplomat reported.
    France is also closely interested in projects such as the Marmaray, the rocket destroyer system, and attack helicopters.



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