Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu continues his planned contacts with European Union executives in Brussels as part of his efforts to “normalize relations” and “create a positive agenda”. “Our accession process must be revitalized, the promises made must come true,” said Çavuşoğlu to EU administrators, and the European Union replied, “Dialogue is important, but credible steps must be taken in the field.”
In Brussels, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu met with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ylva Johansson and Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi, after meeting with the High Representative of Foreign Relations Josep Borrell in the morning. After the interviews that were closed to the press, the statements came from social media one after another.
Emphasis on “convincing step on the field” from the EU
Çavuşoğlu, on his Twitter account, regarding his meeting with Von der Leyen, “Our participation process should be revitalized. The Customs Union should be updated and visa liberalization should be implemented. We should increase our cooperation in the fight against irregular immigration and terrorism. we have to “shared the message.
Von der Leyen replied with the message, “Of course, dialogue is very important. But we also expect credible steps on the field.”
In his post about his meeting with Borrell, Çavuşoğlu gave the messages “We want to open a new page with the EU. It is necessary to update the 18 March 2016 Agreement (Immigrant readmission agreement) with all its elements. We must work together for a positive agenda”.
Schinas: “Time to take positive steps”
Following his meeting with Cavusoglu social opted to give messages from the media, European Commission Vice President Margaritis SCHINAS, “It was a constructive terms of the coming challenges and opportunities for interview. Immigration issues, security, public international contacts, Erasmus cooperation renovated in the center of Turkey-EU agenda. Now the positive steps he said.
The EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi, whom Çavuşoğlu met today, also evaluated the meeting on his social media account. Varheyli gave the message, “I hope we have opened a new page in our relations. We hope to cooperate in a constructive and mutually beneficial way for our strategic interests.”
Çavuşoğlu will meet with EU Council President Charles Michel and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tomorrow as part of his contacts in Brussels. After these meetings, Charles Michel will go to Ankara at the invitation of President Tayyip Erdoğan.
EU leaders at the summit on 10-11 December, new and refused to heavy sanctions on Turkey, but Foreign Affairs High Representative Josep Borrell said, “Turkey with diplomatic, political and prepare a comprehensive report on the future of situations and relationships that come from economic relations,” he asked. EU leaders will discuss the issue of relations with Turkey at a summit in March.