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Erdoğan praises partnership with France ahead of visit to Paris

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan praised the "strong partnership" between his country and France ahead of a visit to Paris with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

"France is a country whose views and attitudes on regional and global challenges largely match ours," Erdoğan said Friday before leaving Istanbul.

The leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues in Paris, ranging from Europe's stance on Islam to the status of Jerusalem and the fight against terrorism.

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