Turkey hopes Belgium to commit equity principles in EU term

The Turkish prime minister said that Turkey's European Union membership would help Europe contribute more to world peace.

Turkey hopes Belgium to commit equity principles in EU term

The Turkish prime minister said on Wednesday that Turkey's European Union (EU) membership would help Europe contribute more to world peace.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's EU full membership would help Europe contribute more to world peace, stability, harmony and prosperity.

"Turkey has full belief that Belgium will be committed to the pacta sunt servanda and equity principles during its EU presidency, and exert constructive endeavors," Erdogan told a joint press conference with his Belgian counterpart Yves Leterme in Ankara.

Belgium will take over the rotating presidency of EU in July 2010.

Also, Erdogan said one of founder members of the EU, Belgium was a country located in the center of Europe that had political and economic influence.

Erdogan and Leterme debated ways to further improve relations with Belgium.

"Our trade volume was 6 billion Euro in 2008, and we will be in an effort to maintain it in coming days," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said Belgium was an important country for Turkey as a NATO ally and an EU member, and therefore Turkey preferred boosting its relations in every area, particularly keeping the channel of dialogue open to eliminate differences in stance on fight against "terrorism".

"We should not forget that terrorism poses a threat for all humanity wherever it is seen," he said.

Erdogan also said Belgium and Turkey once more reaffirmed the need to maintain the "trilateral dialogue mechanism" among the justice, interior and foreign ministers.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Abdullah Gul received Leterme at Cankaya Presidential Palace.

Erdogan hosted a dinner in honor of Leterme at Prime Ministry residence later in the day.


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