Finnish president: EU wants Turkey to fulfil requirements for being successful
The Finnish president said on Wednesday that what the European Union (EU) wanted from Turkey was the requirements Turkey should fulfil to be successful in international relations and arena, Anadolu Agency reported.
Tarja Halonen said the issues the EU asked Turkey to do were not issues put forward just to make Turks angry.
They are issues Turkey had to fulfil in order to be successful in international relations and arena, Halonen said during her visit to the southeastern province of Sanliurfa.
Halonen said Turkey had to work hard in EU membership process, and a country had to fulfil the requirements whether or not it became an EU member.
The Finnish president said her country was supporting Turkey's EU accession process, but said Turkey had to be patient and work hard to achieve that goal.
Finland's President Tarja Halonen arrived in Ankara on a formal visit on Monday upon an invitation from Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
Halonen is the first Finnish president visiting Turkey after 12 years.
The Finnish president met President Gul and Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin.
Turkish President Gul paid a visit to Finland on October 7-9, 2008, which was the first visit of a Turkish president to Finland in 31 years.