Turkey's Erdogan to discuss Syria with Macron in Paris

There would also be a particular focus on the Palestinian situation after the US recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he arrives at the Presidential Palace in Carthage, outside Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. Syria's peace efforts cannot include President Bashar Assad, Turkey's leader said Wednesday, calling him a "terrorist." (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Paris on January 5 to meet his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, with the conflict in Syria high on the agenda, a source in the French president's office said.

Among the regional crises the two leaders plan to discuss, there would be a particular focus on Syria as well as on the Palestinian situation, the source said, weeks after US president Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The move stirred concern among Western allies and outrage in the Arab World.

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Mr Erdogan earlier this week made some of his harshest comments in weeks regarding Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, calling him a terrorist and saying it was impossible for peace efforts in Syria to continue if he did not leave power.

Mr Macron, meanwhile, said recently that France would push for peace talks involving all parties in the six-year-old Syrian conflict, including Mr Al Assad, and promised "initiatives" early next year.

The Elysee source said "the question of human rights will also be raised" when Mr Erdogan and Mr Macron meet.

A security crackdown in Turkey after a failed coup in 2016 has drawn criticism from campaigners as well as the European Union, which is overseeing Ankara's halting bid to join the bloc.