A political dialogue meeting between Turkey and the European Union was held in the capital Ankara on Tuesday, the first such meeting in about three years.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of two of Turkey’s top diplomats, Deputy Foreign Minister and European Affairs Director Faruk Kaymakcı and Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal.
The meeting at political director level brought together Enrique Mora, EU Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, European Commission Deputy Director General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Maciej Popowski, Head of EU Delegation to Turkey Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, and other senior EU representatives.
“We are happy to be able to hold a dialogue meeting at the level of political directors between Turkey and the EU after (a hiatus of) three years,” Kaymakcı said in his opening speech.
Stressing that Turkey is a “key country” for Europe’s security, defence, economy, energy security and migration management, Kaymakcı said Turkey expects “fair treatment” of its candidacy for EU membership, adding that the country’s reform process will gain momentum as its accession process speeds up.
“We are living in difficult times. Russia is carrying out attacks against Ukraine and we must stand together against this situation,” Mora said, adding that Turkey is an important partner for the EU.
During the meeting, the delegations also exchanged views on Turkey-EU relations as well as regional issues.
Turkey has been an EU candidate country since 1999.
Negotiations for full membership began in October 2005, but have stalled in recent years due to political obstacles erected by some countries, according to Ankara.