Let's put relations with EU back on right track, Erdogan

'Cooperation necessary in Med, we must not be excluded'

12 January, 16:47

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, 12 GEN - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to EU ambassadors in Ankara that "we are available to elaborate a positive agenda with the EU and to put our relations back on the right track". "We must make the eastern Mediterranean a sea of cooperation for common interests rather than an area of competition", the president also said.

    "We have not abandoned the ambition for a full adhesion to the EU. It is our joint responsibility to make 2021 a successful year for Turkey-EU relations", continued Erdogan, claiming that Turkey would like to fill the void left by Brexit.

    Expressing the wish that "explorative talks" between Turkey and Greece that will resume on January 25 in Istanbul after nearly five years will contribute to the resolution of energy disputes, Ankara's leader stressed the opposition to ''maximalist'' visions that aim to "close Turkey within its beaches".

    Regarding Cyprus, Erdogan then criticized Brussels for not having "any contact recently" with Turkish Cypriots. "How can the EU have a role as facilitator in this way? We have to stop talking about Cyprus through models that failed and discuss about realistic alternatives", added the Turkish president, referring to the hypothesis of a solution with "two people and two States" proposed by Ankara. (ANSAmed).

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