Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed sorrow that leaders of several EU member countries made politics over Turkey which is on EU membership process.
Erdogan --who held a joint press conference with his Swedish counterpart Fredrik Reinfeldt in Stockholm-- said that Turkey does not have any target other than EU full membership.
"Different approaches like privileged partnership regarding Turkey's EU membership distress our people. Turkey entered this process formally in 1963. If leaders of several EU member states make politics over Turkey within that process, it would be unpleasing," he noted.
Erdogan said that Sweden has always supported Turkey in its EU membership process.
On the other hand, Erdogan said that they discussed economic and cultural relations between Turkey and Sweden as well as Cyprus issue during the meetings.
Erdogan said that Cyprus issue is put as an obstacle before Turkey in its EU negotiation process. He noted that this is a seriously unjust approach.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed full support for Turkey's EU membership on Wednesday.
Reinfeldt said the political parties in Sweden supported Turkey's EU bid as well.
"Sweden fully supports Turkey's EU membership," said Reinfeldt, adding that his country desired all 35 chapters to be opened to negotiation in Turkey's membership process.
Reinfeldt also said Turkey and Sweden had close relations.
He said numerous Swedish companies operated in Turkey, nearly 400,000 Swedish tourists visited the country each year and about 100,000 Turkish people lived in Sweden currently.
Upon a question on the closure case filed against Justice and Development (AK) Party, Reinfeldt said Erdogan proved his legitimacy at the latest general elections in Turkey.
Replying to a question on potential contributions of Turkey's membership's to the union, Reinfeldt said such membership should be assessed in terms of regional peace, enlargement, establishing close relations with Islam world and improvement of trade.
He said Sweden would take over EU's rotating presidency in 2009 and it would do its best regarding Turkey's membership.
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