Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis said, "There is no way to neglect Middle East countries and change our direction towards European nations".
In a statement made to Saudi Arabian newspaper, Al Watan, Bagis said, Turkey's reforms on politics, economics and human rights are more important than EU membership.
Bagis stated the EU needs Turkey more than Turkey needs EU and added, "EU is not a must for Turkey".
In a statement to another newspaper in Saudi Arabia, Es Sarku'l-Evsat, Bagis said, "there is no way to neglect Middle East countries and change our direction towards European nations".
Bagis was in Saudia Arabia last week for a two-day official visit.
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