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    Turkey's reliability as Europe's partner in the fight against Daesh raises is questionable, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Sunday.

    PARIS (Sputnik) —Issues regarding the further fight against Daesh will be raised at the upcoming anti-terrorist coalition summit in the United States next week, he added.

    "There are issues. On one hand, it is reliable, on the other hand, there are also suspicions, to be honest," Ayrault told the France 3 television channel.

    Defense ministers from countries making up the US-led coalition are set to meet on Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews in the state Maryland on Wednesday. The coalition, which includes Turkey, has been carrying out strikes against Daesh since September 2014.

    "We will clearly pose questions on fighting Daesh even more decisively," the minister said.

    Ayrault also warned Turkey against carrying out repressions in the wake of late Friday's failed coup attempt, stressing that France wants to see the rule of law prevail in Turkey and that the suppressed coup does not provide Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a carte blanche.

    On Monday, EU foreign ministers will gather in Brussels for a Foreign Affairs Council meeting, where they will talk about Turkey's obligation to hold up European democratic norms, he added.

    Turkey has agreed to meet EU a number of EU-set standards on the freedom of speech, fair judicial practice and minority rights protection under the EU-Turkey migration deal, under which the country may gain a visa-free regime with the bloc after pledging to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory in exchange for Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey.

    Late on Friday, Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup took place in the country. The coup was suppressed several hours later. Over 260 people were killed and hundreds were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have already been detained.


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