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  • Head of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu thanks Poland and Romania for the “support for Turkish democracy” after the failed coup last month. Tripartite consultations of the heads of diplomacy of Poland, Romania and Turkey took place in Ankara. It was the main point of the one-day visit of Minister Witold Waszczykowski to Ankara.



    In a joint press conference Mevlut Cavusoglu explained that cooperation with the European Union remains a strategic and ongoing objective for his country. “We have, however, encountered increased populism, racism and Islamophobia. We have commenced talks and negotiations regarding our full membership, but some EU stakeholders and some EU Member States have expressed very disappointing opinions during the traitorous coup on 15 July. Such countries as Poland or Romania, however, confirmed their friendship and support” said the head of the Turkish department of foreign affairs.



    Minister Witold Waszczykowski explained that he received the Turkish authorities' information about the course of events during the failed coup in July with understanding. “It is obvious that the democratically elected Turkish government is obliged to ensure constitutional and legal order in the country”, explained the Polish Minister.



    Lazar Comanescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania stressed that Turkey is a strategic member of NATO and one of the key partners of the European Union. In the opinion of the Romanian politician, potential Turkish membership in the Community would prove beneficial not only for the country itself, but also for the whole European Union. “I was very pleased with Minister Cavusoglu's explanations regarding the determination of Turkish government to meet all the criteria necessary for the progress in accession proceedings, strongly supported by Romania.” said Comanescu.


    Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Poland and Romania agreed in stressing Turkey's vital role in the NATO safety and security system. Mevlut Cavusoglu on the other hand explained that Ankara is determined to meet the postulates of the NATO summit that was held in Warsaw.



    In the course of consultations with the Turkish authorities, Minister Waszczykowski and Minister Comanescu met also with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After the meeting, the head of the Polish Department of Foreign Affairs expressed an opinion that the president was very well informed and clearly explained the events of the attempted coup . “I have seen no ferocity or strive for revenge or retaliation on the part of president Erdogan. He just wants to find out what had happened and act in accordance with the law – Turkish law – and potentially punish the instigators or perpetrators of the July events”, said Waszczykowski.



    Source: IAR

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