'Europe will be less secure without Turkey' - British foreign affairs minister

Iran Materials 16 December 2006 12:19 (UTC +04:00)

(zaman) British Foreign Affairs Minister Margaret Beckett said that Europe would be impoverished and less secure without Turkey in article she wrote for the French daily Le Monde.

"Turkey has the hardware required to defy the competition between Asian countries, the drain of energy resources, the extremes causing estrangement between Muslims and non-Muslims, the aging population, Europe's desire for a more active role in the world and many other issues seen by the European politicians a s a major problem," Beckett wrote in the article, reports Trend.

Beckett also emphasized that Turkey had connections with Syria and Iran that none of the EU member countries could achieve. Turkey has, according to the British foreign minister, proved that Islamic values are Europe's values and that the country has a young and well educated labor force.