PM Erdogan: Med-Union not an alternative to EU

PM and the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party Chairman Erdogan delivered a speech at his party's group meeting in Ankara.

PM Erdogan: Med-Union not an alternative to EU
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday they had fruitful talks in the summit on "Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean" in French capital of Paris.

PM and the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party Chairman Erdogan delivered a speech at his party's group meeting in Ankara.

"From time to time, the Union for Mediterranean has been mentioned as if it was an alternative to the EU membership. We strongly opposed this approach. We conveyed our objections to every statesman and these objections were recorded," he said.

Erdogan said he had a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and discussed problems between the two countries and the ways to resolve them.

Erdogan said he also had talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, authorities from the Netherlands, Britain, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Palestine and Syria during the summit in Paris.

Erdogan's visit Iraq

Erdogan said he received a warm welcome in Baghdad and his visit to the Iraqi capital on July 10th became a turning point in the relations between Turkey and Iraq.

Turkish authorities told their Iraqi counterparts once again that Turkey supported protection of territorial integrity of Iraq and its fight against terrorism, he said.

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