EU should decide if it wants Turkey: Foreign minister
During the meeting, Çavuşoğlu, Slovakia’s Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek, Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz, and Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto exchanged views on Turkey-EU relations and discussed recent international developments.
But negotiations stalled in 2007 due to the objections of the Greek Cypriot administration on the divided island of Cyprus as well as opposition from Germany and France.
Çavuşoğlu also said Turkey has a population of 82 million, which he said would give the country the highest number of seats at the European Parliament than any other country if Ankara were an EU member.
“Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country. So, if the EU is a religious club, that’s fine. If the EU does not want to share anything, including power with another country or member state, that is also fine. The membership is a still strategic goal for us,” he said.
“Now, the reform is a priority for Turkey, but we should avoid political obstacles, he added.