Turkey's Erdogan says to discuss defence cooperation in France

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference with the French president at the Elysee Palace in Paris France

Commenting on the possibility of Turkey turning its back on Europe he added: 'One can not permanently implore and wait to be finally included'.

The current process "does not allow for an outcome in the coming years", Macron said during a joint news conference with Erdogan, adding that he thought stringing Turkey along was hypocritical.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that political developments in Turkey were effectively blocking its European Union accession bid, suggesting a "partnership" instead of full membership.

"We are ready to further our cooperation with France in every area, including defence industry", Erdogan told a news conference in Istanbul before departing for Paris where he will meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

To gain membership, Turkey has to successfully conclude negotiations with the EU in 35 policy chapters that involve reforms and the adoption of European standards. Local and worldwide rights groups have accused Ankara of using the putsch bid as a pretext to silence opposition in the country.

Over 140,000 people have been sacked or suspended, accused of links to the movement run by US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of orchestrating the attempted coup.

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Protests over deteriorating press freedom and human rights in Turkey greeted Erdogan on his arrival. "Europe always tells us that judiciary must be independent".

Turk Eximbank said in a statement the deal also aims to increase access of Turkish firms to additional funding sources and to make them more competitive.

"Democracies must fully respect the rule of law", Macron warned Erdogan.

Ankara was hoping to warm frosty relations with Europe during Erdogan's trip, but the talks were overshadowed by concerns over Turkey's huge post-coup crackdown and the arrest of journalists.

Al Jazeera's Natacha Butler, reporting from Paris, said that "there was a real focus on Turkey's relationship with the European Union, because it really has deteriorated over the past two years".

"There is no obstacle in front of you to benefit from investment incentives", Erdogan said, adding that foreign investors enjoy same rights as Turkish businessmen in Turkey.

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