News ID: 213945
Published: 0313 GMT April 25, 2018

Ankara fully committed to EU membership – Turkish PM

Ankara fully committed to EU membership – Turkish PM
UTKU UÇRAK/ANADOLU AGENCY
Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim makes a speech during the New Economy Forum at Casino Madrid, in Madrid, Spain on April 25, 2018.

The Turkish prime minister said Wednesday Ankara is still committed to getting membership in the EU, adding that a thaw in relations with Russia is not an alternative to Europe.

Binali Yildirim's remarks came at the Nueva Economia Forum held in Madrid, Spain, where he arrived Tuesday on an official visit, Anadolu Agency reported.

He said Turkey had been waiting for membership in the EU for more than 60 years.

"We are NATO members. We are from a country that has been waiting for EU membership for more than 60 years.

"Everyone who applied after us has gained membership.

“There is an ideological approach to Turkey," Yildirim said.

An association agreement between the EU and Turkey was signed in 1963. Ankara filed an application for membership in the EU in 1987, but accession negotiations were launched in 2005.

   
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