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EU delegation visits Turkey

EU committed to continue its engagement, cooperation with Turkey, says EU delegation in statement

Fahri Aksüt   | 06.12.2019
EU delegation visits Turkey

ANKARA 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received the EU delegation on Friday, the delegation said in a statement.  

Erdogan received European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and some other delegation members.

Vice-President Fuat Oktay, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Deputy Foreign Minister and Director of EU Affairs Faruk Kaymakci and Deputy Parliament Speaker Levent Gok also attended the meeting. 

The statement said: "The visit was an occasion to show concretely that the EU is committed to continuing its engagement and cooperation with Turkey, as a candidate country, a key strategic partner and neighbor."

"The start of the new political cycle in the EU is an occasion to renew that commitment, and the visit, which took place in the first week of the new Commission taking office, is testament to this," it added. 

The statement also reminded that Turkey is hosting the largest refugee population in the world.

Schinas and Johansson "reiterated their steadfast commitment to delivering the already committed support under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey."

"Both sides reiterated their commitment to the implementation of all aspects of the EU-Turkey statement and to sustained and renewed engagement with one another," it said.

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