Official Ankara Expects Progress in Its Admission to EU during France’s Chairmanship: Turkish Foreign Ministry
Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 May / corr. Trend S. Ilhamgizi/ The Official Ankara expects progress in the process of its admission to European Union (EU) membership during France's chairmanship in the organization. "We hope that there will not be problems in the process of Turkey's admission to EU during the France's chairmanship," a source in the Foreign Ministry of Turkey said to Trend .
On 1 June, the chairmanship of the European Union will be taken over by France, which is considered to be one of the countries disapproving Turkey's admission to EU.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry hopes that France will not create setbacks for Turkey during its chairmanship. "EU membership is a strategic goal of Turkey and it carries out certain reforms, takes serious political, economic and cultural steps in order to reach its aim. We expect that there will be progress in the process of Turkey's admission to EU during the chairmanship of France," a source in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
The official Ankara believes that there is a big potential for the development of the bilateral cooperation between Turkey and France in various spheres.
The Secretary of State of France on European Affairs Jean-Pierre Juilette stated on 6 May in a joint press conference with the Turkish foreign minister Ali Babajan that his country will purse balanced and impartial policy as a chairman of the European Union. According to Juilette, France does not aim at undermining talks between Turkey and EU. " France positively assesses the reforms carried out by Turkey, but we think that these reforms are important for not only EU membership, but also for Turkey itself. Our views on Turkey's EU membership are different and we want all the terms to be fulfilled," the official representatives of France said.
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