EU-Turkey relations 'strategic, open and frank dialogue'

After Mogherini-Hahn meetings with Turkish FM

22 November, 18:21

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, NOVEMBER 22 - High Representative for Foreign Affairs/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Minister of Foreign Affairs on Thursday met with Chief Negotiator and Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

    In the joint statement following the European Union-Turkey High Level Political Dialogue meeting, they said that ''we underlined the strategic importance of EU-Turkey relations. We remain committed to maintaining an open and frank dialogue, to discussing issues high on both of our agendas in a comprehensive manner in view of addressing common challenges and to cooperating in essential areas of joint interest.'' ''Turkey's accession process can provide an important framework for fully realising the potential of the EU-Turkey relationship as well as for the economic, social and political reforms in Turkey. In this framework, we discussed recent developments, including political criteria and the Negotiation Framework, cooperation on key thematic issues: economy, trade and the customs union, security, financial cooperation (IPA), energy, migration, visa liberalisation and fight against terrorism,'' it continued. The parties involved, it said, ''exchanged views on the situation in the region with particular focus on the Balkans, Syria, Iraq and Libya.'' ''Turkey has demonstrated unparalleled generosity in hosting and supporting Syrians who have fled civil war in Syria,'' it said, stressing that both sides intend to continue applying the March 18, 2016 agreement on migrants. (ANSAmed).

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