Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan met on Monday with Luxembourg's Deputy PM & Foreign Affairs and Migration Minister Jean Asselborn and said that Turkey expects founding member of European Union to continue to support its EU bid.
"Luxembourg is one of the most prosperous countries in Europe. Economic relations between Turkey and Luxembourg, which is one of the world's leading banking and finance hub, are important," Babacan told a joint press conference after their meeting in Ankara.
"We will do our best to improve and deepen relations with Luxembourg in the future," Babacan said.
Asselborn said Luxembourg's economy minister would visit Turkey later this year to boost economic relations between the two countries.
He touched on Turkey's EU bid and said that European politicians should support Turkey on its way to the Union. However, he said Turkish government should continue reforms.
Asselborn also said that European politicians should help resolve Cyprus problem and that 2008 could be an opportunity to settle the question, stating that EU and Turkey should both solve their domestic problems.
Asselborn said if the Turkish Constitutional Court made a decision for shutting down the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, it would not cease Turkey's EU accession process.
Asked how Turkey's EU accession process could be affected by a possibility of closing down of AK Party, Asselborn stated the EU had decided to launch accession talks with Turkey and such a decision (closing down the AK Party) of the Constitutional Court would not end negotiations.
Asselborn said the spirit of Venice Commission should be respected and he believed that a way out could be found on this matter in Turkey on the basis of the rule of law.
Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister told Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey had a very important role in Syrian-Israeli peace talks, the officials said.
Erdogan received Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Affairs and Migration Minister Jean Asselborn in Ankara. Erdogan and Asselborn discussed bilateral relations and Turkish-EU relations in the meeting.
Asselborn said Turkey's EU accession process had a strategic importance in regard to alliance of civilizations and it would also contribute to the world peace. Luxembourg would keep supporting Turkey's EU accession process, Asselborn stated.
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