Erdoğan calls for intensified dialogue with EU

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on his top European Union counterparts to intensify the bilateral dialogue between Ankara and Brussels to further promote positive agenda that includes visa liberalization and modernization of the customs union.

Erdoğan spoke over the phone with European Council President Charles Michel, who called Erdoğan to congratulate him on his reelection as the head of the nation, read a statement issued by the Communications Directorate late on June 7. The call also addressed bilateral and regional issues, it said.

Erdoğan expressed the necessity to increase contacts at all levels with a concrete and positive agenda towards full membership of Türkiye, which has a great strategic value for Europe, to the EU. In addition, he emphasized the importance of cooperation in the areas of updating the customs union, ensuring visa liberalization, migration management and the fight against terrorism.

He stated that fair treatment toward Türkiye and support for the full membership perspective will ensure the opening of new horizons in relations.

Ties between Türkiye and the EU have developed especially after the latter's massive assistance to Türkiye in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes that killed more than 50,000 people in 11 southern provinces.

The EU organized a donors' conference and collected around 6 billion euros for the reconstruction of the destroyed cities.

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