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Sarkozy meets Erdogan on joining EU

media Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is greeted at Paris' Roissy airport by the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche. AFP / J. Demarthon

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in France on Wednesday to meet President Nicolas Sarkozy, to discuss Turkey's bid to join the European Union and dealings with Iran and nuclear issues.

Before arriving in Paris Erdogan said he thought the way to deal with Iran is through diplomatic channels. Sarkozy remains a champion of tougher international economic sanctions against Tehran.

France and Germany opposes Turkey joining the EU. Turkey began membership negotiations in 2005.

Economically, France and Turkey enjoy smooth enough relations-- France is Turkey's second-largest foreign investor.

The two leaders are certainly going to discuss furthering economic cooperation, say diplomats.

Erdogan arrived on Tuesday for a one-day visit coinciding with the end of a nine-month-long Turkish cultural festival in France.

 
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