Turkey advocates intensifying the dialogue with the European Union in the spirit of the 1999 Helsinki Agreements, according to which Ankara received the status of a candidate for EU membership.
This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto on Thursday in Helsinki.
“If anyone points out the lack of progress in the negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the EU, then I agree with this opinion, but there are real shifts in all other areas. The parties need each other, ”the Turkish minister said.
According to Cavusoglu, during the meeting with Haavisto, along with Ankara’s ties with the EU and bilateral relations, an exchange of views took place on the situation in Cyprus, Libya, Karabakh (Azerbaijan) and Ukraine. The topic of illegal migration was also touched upon.
The head of Turkish diplomacy recalled that Ankara and Helsinki are taking part in a number of peaceful mediation initiatives, including in the Middle East, Africa and the South Caucasus.
Lithuanian delegation will arrive in Turkey to discuss the topic of Belarus
Commenting on the allegations that the flow of Belarusian refugees to Lithuania rushes through Turkey, Cavusoglu said that he had previously discussed this issue with his Lithuanian counterpart both in Rome and Vilnius.
“Turkey is the country that has hosted the largest number of refugees in the world and is ready to share its experience with Lithuania. Soon a delegation headed by the Foreign Minister will arrive in Turkey from Vilnius, and we will discuss this issue again. We need to clearly determine whether these refugees are actually going to Lithuania via Turkey. One thing I know for sure is that without a valid passport, no airline will sell you a ticket and you simply will not get on the plane, ”Cavusoglu said.
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