Turkey - Greece - Cyprus – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault (Oct. 24 and 25, 2016)


Jean-Marc Ayrault will travel to Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus on October 24 and 25.

In Turkey, he and his counterpart will chair the second meeting of the French-Turkish Strategic Framework for Cooperation between Turkey and France, a body dealing with bilateral relations that was launched during the French President’s state visit in January 2014.

He will also discuss major international and European issues, including Syria, Iraq, the fight against Daesh, and migration.

Mr. Ayrault will also meet with representatives of political parties and civil society.

During his visit to Greece, Mr. Ayrault will be welcomed by the President and Prime Minister and will meet with his counterpart. Migration is one of the issues they will discuss. He will also meet with representatives of French companies in Greece to talk about strengthening the countries’ economic relationship (France is the fourth-largest investor in Greece).

In Cyprus, Mr. Ayrault will meet with President Nicos Anastasiades, his counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides, and the UN Secretary-General’s special advisor Espen Barth Eide, as well as Mustafa Akinci, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community. He will sign several agreements with Mr. Kasoulides and will discuss the inter-Cypriot negotiations, which France supports