World Bulletin / News Desk
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has called for a revival in EU-Turkey ties with closer cooperation in the areas of energy, security and fight against terrorism.
In an opinion piece for the German weekly Bild am Sonntag, Juncker reaffirmed EU’s stance against the July 15 defeated coup in Turkey last year and reiterated the bloc’s support for the democratic institutions of Turkey.
“Together, we can achieve more than we would achieve individually,” he said as he urged for pragmatic steps to enhance relations in areas of common interest, despite political disagreements on a number of areas.
Relations between the EU and Turkey deteriorated since the coup bid in Turkey last year, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara had sharply criticized its EU partners for not showing strong solidarity with the Turkish people against the attempted military takeover.
EU officials, on the other hand, raised concerns on rule of law and human rights, amid large-scale investigations by Turkish authorities into the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which is believed to have orchestrated the foiled coup.
Juncker said the EU was carrying out an open dialogue with Ankara over its disagreement on several issues, highlighting that the bloc is willing to further enhance ties with Turkey, which is a candidate for membership into the 28-member body since 1999.
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