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Tsavousoglou mentioned an agreement to meet with Dendia in the EU

They agreed to meet with their Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, but the meeting will be determined later, said the Turkish Foreign Minister to the EU Ambassadors, with whom he met today.

Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu also claimed that some EU member states had introduced their chronic bilateral problems with Turkey to the EU and an attempt was made to bring Turkey into conflict with the EU.

In his speech, the Turkish Minister said that 2020 will be remembered as a year that will go down in history as I did many things at the same time with the pandemic virus. However, he said, on the other hand, deepening globalization has given up. “We remembered the importance of solidarity, we saw how much digitalization has accelerated but we also saw images that do not suit humanity, as 1.8 million people lost their lives and the conflict did not stop. “We hope that 2021 will be a year of solidarity, multilateralism, diplomacy and dialogue,” he said.

“Lately we had difficulties in our relationships”

Turkey, he said, has played a historic role in all developments on the continent as a major player in Europe, adding that it is among the main protagonists in areas across Europe such as the Balkans, the Black Sea, North Africa, and the Caucasus. “Despite these commonalities, we have had difficulties in our relations with Europe in recent years. Last year, unfortunately, this trend continued. “When we needed the co-operation more, the co-operation channels were suspended, the opportunities were lost,” he said.

For Greece and Cyprus

Mr Tsavousoglu said the main reason for this was that “some European Union member states introduced their chronic bilateral problems with Turkey into the EU”. “An attempt has been made to bring Turkey into conflict with the EU. For example, the EU, which is neutral on this issue among its members and even states that it has no competence on this issue, when the issue was Turkey. , acted completely differently. In this process a positive concept such as solidarity was used negatively. “Despite our calls for dialogue and our efforts, the demands of only one side have been imposed,” he said.

He further argued that since coming to power (the AKP) in 2002, they have always sought to resolve the problems of the eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus through dialogue. “The fact that the calls from Turkey for the Annan plan and the proposals in 2002, 2011, 2012 and 2019 for the fair distribution of resources and for exploratory contacts with Greece remain without result, for five years prove the problem. During the October Summit, using threatening language against Turkey, water overflowed the glass, and there were reactions. “We will do it again if the same thing happens again,” he said.

Reforms in Turkey

Regarding the reforms in Turkey, he said that the decision of the EU Summit in December opened a window of opportunity, but the EU and its member states must believe in that. “Our main expectations from 2021 are to boost our cooperation based on this agenda, to renew confidence, to start working in areas where a win-win situation can be created (everyone wins) as soon as possible,” he said. . He said he would be in Brussels on January 21.

Dialogue with Greece and France

Regarding Greek-Turkish, Mr. Tsavousoglou said that exploratory talks will take place this month in Istanbul. “We agreed to meet with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias later. “We will determine the date later,” he said.

The Turkish Minister said that consultations have also begun with France on their consular relations, security and regional issues at the level of directorates-general and bureaucrats. “Our colleagues are currently working on a roadmap that envisages the restoration of our relations and then further development of relations “, he stated.

Source: www.philenews.com

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