France 'not against Turkey's EU process': Official
French Secretary of State for European Affairs said that Turkey's geostrategic position made it a key partner.
French Secretary of State for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche said on Saturday that Turkey's geostrategic position made it a key partner.
Lellouche, who addressed the Sixth Bosphorus Conference, said Europe's energy projects established special ties between Turkey and Europe. He said Turkey was a very important partner for Europe, underlining the need for the two to cooperate in solution of economic, strategic and environmental issues.
Lellouche said France and Turkey disagreed over certain issues regarding the EU, underlining that France was not against continuation of accession talks with Turkey.
Lellouche said disagreement between countries were natural, noting that not disagreement but cooperation should be given prominence.
He said no one could foresee 20 or 30 years ahead, adding that Turkey would become a member if it still wanted it by then.
Referring to EU's progress report for Turkey, Lellouche said it was positive report for Turkey.
He said France always wanted to carry further its cultural and economic relations with Turkey, noting that the all countries should cooperate against the economic crisis, terrorism and illegal migration.
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