Good start of the year in Iraq
A French company has beaten out a Turkish one for the Mosul airport project; political considerations along with economic concerns seem to have factored into Baghdad's decision.www.al-monitor.com
We'll see how this goes then!
'The Turkish and French presidents have exchanged letters in which they have agreed to resume talks aimed at mending ties.
'Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote a New Year message to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, expressing condolences for several attacks in France last year, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by local media on Friday.
'Macron sent back a “very positive” letter this week, starting with the greeting “Dear Tayyip” and saying he was open to a meeting, Cavusoglu said.
“President Macron expresses the importance of Turkey for Europe and his will to develop positive ties with Turkey as well as to meet our president in the coming period,” Cavusoglu said.
'Macron’s response proposed collaboration over “bilateral consultations, terrorism, regional issues such as Syria and Libya, and a partnership on education”, according to the Turkish official.
'The French presidency confirmed the exchange of letters without providing details.
“We now need tangible gestures” from Ankara, the French presidency said.'
‘Dear Tayyip’: Erdogan, Macron exchange letters