Turkey urges picking up stalled EU membership talks
- 16 May 2019
Turkey is more than a strategic partner for the EU, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated in an article he wrote for Politico, a prestigious American magazine, ONAreports citing AA.
“Economic, political, security and identity-related matters have demonstrated that Turkey is more than a strategic partner for the EU,” Cavusoglu wrote in the article published on Tuesday.
He shared his views on the history of EU-Turkey relations and negotiation chapters.
“Major turning points in recent history -- including the 9/11 attacks in the United States, the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis and the refugee crisis -- have repeatedly proven the strategic importance of the Turkey-EU relationship.”
He said that Turkey-EU relations were overshadowed thrice; in the aftermath of a coup in the 80s, the exclusion of Turkey from the fifth enlargement wave of EU in the 90s, and, most recently, the 2016 coup bid in Turkey.
Underlining that each time the relationship showed resilience against interruptions and found a way out, Cavusoglu said that today Turkey finds itself in a similar unpromising situation.
Cavusoglu expressed his strong belief that once again Turkey will manage to come to agreement with the EU to put Turkey’s EU process back on track.
He asserted three strong reasons to believe so.