Turkish PM says many problems waiting for solution from Obama

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at Ankara's Esenboga airport upon his arrival from Brussels.

Turkish PM says many problems waiting for solution from Obama

Turkish prime minister said on Tuesday that Turkey's full membership to EU was described as a common goal by Turkish and European officials during his recent visit to the Belgian capital.

Speaking at Ankara's Esenboga airport upon his arrival from Brussels, Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that EU membership was a "strategic goal" for Turkey.

"We have insistently emphasized during our talks that Turkey is not interested in any other option," Erdogan said.

Noting that Cyprus issue was on the agenda of the meetings as usual, Erdogan said that the full-fledged talks aiming at the solution of the Cyprus conflict, the progress made by Cypriot leaders so far and the upcoming process in the island were mainly discussed during the talks.

"Turkey supports this process. As a guarantor country, we desire an immediate solution," he said.

Erdogan also said that Turkey's reform and negotiation process gained velocity thanks to the fruitful activities carried out by the Turkish parliament.

Noting that local elections would take place in Turkey by the end of March, Erdogan said the Turkish parliament would work harder in an effort to rapidly introduce new laws after the elections.

Commenting on the energy issue as well, Erdogan said that the actions taken by Turkey within the scope of Nabucco project were discussed during the talks.

"EU member countries should be able to meet their natural gas needs through Nabucco as well," Erdogan said.

Erdogan also said that the fight against terrorism, the Middle East peace process, cooperation efforts in the Caucasus region and other regional issues were on the agenda of his meetings.

Asked whether we would have any contact with new President of the United States Barack Obama, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "there are many expectations. First of all, global crisis and the Middle East conflict are the problems waiting for solution from President Obama. If you ask about my expectations from him, I can say that I expect him to be the voice of all those silent and destitute masses."


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