President Gül speaks at Central European summit
Turkey's accession to the European Union would help the EU become a global actor, President Gül said.
Turkey's accession to the European Union would help the 27-member bloc become a global actor, President Abdullah Gül said yesterday
"I believe that an expanded EU that includes Turkey will be in a better position for global peace, welfare, stability and harmony," the president said.
Gül was invited as special guest to the 15th Central European Initiative Leaders Summit held in the city of Ohrid in Macedonia.
He said that reinforcing peace and stability in the region is important for full European integration. "We are witnessing the region remodel itself," said Gül, noting that there needs to be cooperation and mutual understanding now more than ever if there is any interest in maintaining peace and stability in the region.
Gül said Turkey has been closely following developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, adding that institutions like the EU and NATO must make integration their main goal if they wish to maintain regional reforms.
"Southeastern Europe's integration under the auspices of NATO and the EU is essential for regional stability and has been one of our main foreign policy goals," he said.
"Turkey has been interested in the idea of a unified Europe from day one," Gül said.
He said with Turkey becoming an important energy junction between Europe and energy producers, "[Turkey's] energy security strategy now overlaps with the EU's desire to diversify its own energy supplies, bringing with it new opportunities for cooperation."
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