Turkey: Cavusoglu in Brussels to relaunch EU relations

Talks on major issues from Mediterranean to migrants

21 January, 13:14

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Brussels Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Brussels

    ROME - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu travelled to Brussels on Thursday for a two-day visit aimed at relaunching relations between Turkey and the European Union, which have suffered strong tensions in recent months.

    The talks will focus on the main issues, from the disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean to Ankara's request to renew the 2016 deal on migrants, approve visa liberalisation, and update the Customs Union agreement.

    Cavusoglu will meet with senior-level officials, starting on Thursday with members of the European Parliament and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

    On Friday, Cavusoglu will meet with European Council President Charles Michel, also in light of Michel's possible visit next week to Ankara to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, together with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Cavusoglu will also meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday.

    The visit is part of a full diplomatic offensive by Ankara ahead of the resumption, after nearly five years, of "exploratory talks" with Greece on marittime disputes and other bilateral matters, scheduled Monday in Istanbul.

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