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  • 25 August 2016

    Dialogue between the European Union and Turkey needs to be more intense; we should maintain Turkey’s path to EU membership in the future, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said following consultations with his Turkish and Romanian counterparts in Ankara.

    Speaking at a press conference after the talks, Waszczykowski said that Turkey, Romania and Poland are all involved in helping solve the Middle East dispute in their own ways.


    “The problems that are emerging from this region have a direct impact on many European countries and create a huge wave of refugees and migrants. We need a solution for these problems as well. And we have one. That is the agreement that the EU made with Turkey,” the Foreign Minister said.


    In March, the heads of state and government of EU member states signed an agreement with Turkey under which all immigrants who reach Greece illegally will be sent back to Turkey. In return, the EU has agreed to re-start accession talks with Turkey and to provide 3 billion euros (in the initial phase) in aid for Syrian refugees in the country. The EU also agreed to lift the visa requirement for Turkish citizens.


    “In Warsaw, we believe that this agreement needs to be implemented and realized. This is what we committed ourselves to and this is our main hope for stopping the wave of refugees and migrants to Europe,” Minister Waszczykowski said.



    He pointed out that apart from helping implement the agreement, Poland is also involved in aid programmes for Syrian refugees.


    Minister Waszczykowski stressed that the meeting touched on relations between the EU and Turkey. “We believe that these relations need to be continued, even more so now, after the tragic events that took place last month. We believe that these relations need to be more intense, dialogue needs to be more intense, in order to maintain our relations as well as Turkey’s path to membership to EU membership in the future”.


    Source: PAP

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