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EU ministers discuss relationship with Turkey

EU ministers discuss relationship with Turkey

European Union foreign ministers are discussing their relationship with Turkey, a nation that is becoming a key player on the global stage even as talks to join the bloc languish.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Saturday's talks aim to recognize that and even though Turkey has not joined the EU, it already is "a partner with us in lots of issues around the world."
Negotiations for Turkey to join the 27-nation EU have made little progress since starting in 2005, with France and Germany both expressing opposition to Turkey's bid.
However the bloc is keen to work with Turkey on issues like the Mideast peace process.
Finland's Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb called Turkey "one of the top five countries in the world today in terms of foreign policy."


Updated : 2021-03-09 13:41 GMT+08:00