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Turkish PM, minister visit Slovakia

TURKISH Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator in accession talks Egemen Bagis visited Bratislava on February 6 and discussed Turkey’s potential EU membership with Slovak officials.

TURKISH Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator in accession talks Egemen Bagis visited Bratislava on February 6 and discussed Turkey’s potential EU membership with Slovak officials.

Turkey submitted an official request to join the European Union back in 1963, but Brussels still has not been able to properly specify the conditions that Ankara has not met, Erdogan said after his meeting with his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico, whom he called a friend who supports Turkey on its path to the EU. He expressed hope that Fico’s successes on the Slovak political scene will never end, according to the SITA newswire.

“We believe that if a country that has requested to join the EU has met all conditions, it has the right to enter this institution,” Fico said as quoted by the TASR newswire. “If this rule doesn’t hold any more, it’s the EU’s duty to state it clearly.”

Erdogan confirmed that Turkey will continue its efforts to enter the EU, but added that perhaps a time will come in the future when the country will have to tell itself that enough is enough. Erdogan, however, thanked Fico for Slovakia’s support, SITA wrote.

Meanwhile, EU Affairs Minister Bagis met with the Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák, who also assured the Turkish side that Slovakia supports Turkey’s EU accession.

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