President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that despite all the grievances Turkey faces from the EU, joining the 27-nation club remains its strategic priority, and called on EU envoys to lead their countries to turn a new page on Turkey-EU relations. , trend reports refer to the Hurriyet Daily News.
“Despite all the grievances we face, [full membership in] The European Union remains our strategic priority. “In fact, we continue to strive in this direction,” Erdogan said at a meeting with EU ambassadors on January 13 in the Turkish capital.
Erdogan noted that he has been observing all stages of Turkey’s full membership process during the past twenty years as prime minister and president of the republic, including hypocrisy, injustice and fabricated political obstacles.
“We hope that the European Union will get rid of strategic myopia in 2022 and act more boldly in developing relations with Turkey,” he suggested.
As a candidate country, we are ready to strengthen our cooperation and dialogue with the European Union. Erdogan stressed that it is in our common interest to act with a long-term strategic perspective rather than prejudices or fears.
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The former joined the 27-member club in 2005, but the operation was de facto suspended by Brussels due to the inability of the developed country to meet the required membership criteria. Turkey says it is a political decision and calls on the European Union to adopt a more appropriate and honest approach towards Ankara.
Turkey and the European Union began the process of the former joining the 27-member club in 2005, but Brussels suspended the process due to the inability of the developed country to meet the required membership criteria. Turkey says it is a political decision and calls on the European Union to adopt a more appropriate and honest approach towards Ankara.
Erdogan criticized the European Union for delaying talks on modernizing the customs union and liberalizing visas for Turkish citizens, expressing hope that progress will be made on these issues in 2022. “We have not seen the response that we expected from the European Union to all the steps we have taken,” noting that the cooperation between Turkey The European Union is fundamental to the entire region.