European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said that ties between Turkey and the EU are improving despite difficulties in relations in the past two years.
In response to a question during the Antalya Diplomacy Forum, Borrelll termed Turkey as a geopolitical player in the region, and its sphere of influence is increasing.
“We, the EU, should further develop our ties with Turkey,” Borrell said, adding Turkey’s strategic importance is far more crucial now than in the period before the Russia-Ukraine war.
According to Borrell, other EU officials also called Turkey an important country at the Forum.
“I think Turkey is not only a key partner but also a very important friend. It was a difficult decision to suspend Turkey’s membership process,” Oliver Varhelyi, EU commissioner for neighborhood and enlargement said.
During his speech in a panel titled “Europe’s neighbors, Europe as a neighbor,” Varhelyi described Turkey as an important partner for Europe when it comes to the issue of illegal migration and a major economic partner.
The three-day Antalya Diplomacy Forum concluded on Sunday with the participants of 75 countries, including 17 heads of state, 80 government ministers, and 39 representatives of international organizations.
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