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Syria strengthens Turkish-French ties

French President Francois Hollande met with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Paris on Oct. 31 to discuss the crisis in Syria.
French President Francois Hollande (R) and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan hold a joint press statement at the Elysee Palace in Paris, October 31, 2014.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer  (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4CBOI
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After more than 3½ years of bloodshed, Syria is still locked in a serious crisis that has upended regional and global calculations. The latest episode of the drama is being staged in the Kurdish town of Kobani in northern Syria, where almost every day a new international strategic game is played out. Neighboring Turkey sits at the very center of the conflict due to its unfortunate geopolitical position.

The international community frequently accuses Turkey of being a "double-crossing coalition partner" in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). Yet sometimes, Western governments take a softer approach and express sympathy for Turkey’s delicate position, saying they understand Ankara’s concerns. Among those adopting the latter position is France.

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