Top Turkish diplomat to visit EU term president Portugal
- 06 January 2021
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will pay an official visit to Portugal on Jan. 7 and will discuss with his Portuguese counterpart bilateral relations as well as Turkish ties with the EU, whose rotating presidency Portugal currently holds, APA reports citing Hurriyet Daily.
“Turkey-EU relations, the Portuguese EU Presidency, as well as current regional and international issues” will be among the topics when Çavuşoğlu speaks with Augusto Santos Silva, said a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement on Jan. 5.
“On the occasion of the visit, preparations for the second Turkey-Portugal Intergovernmental Summit will also be discussed,” the statement added.
Portugal took the reins of the EU Presidency on Jan. 1, a position it will hold for six months.
Turkey and the EU will intensify diplomatic contacts starting from January as part of the government’s will to normalize dialogue with Brussels, Çavuşoğlu earlier told journalists.
“We are ready to run our relations in a more positive climate. We expect the same readiness from the EU,” he said on Dec. 30 after months of strain between Ankara and EU member states due to hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean.
Çavuşoğlu noted that he will travel to Spain after his visit to Portugal.