Biden ordering stopgap help as talks start on big aid plan    Russia welcomes US proposal to extend nuclear treaty    Daesh claims deadly and rare twin blasts in Baghdad    Fernandes and Cavani have made Man Utd contenders, says Rooney    Anfield has fallen: Burnley end Liverpool's unbeaten Premier League home run    Saudi Arabia releases Egyptian fishing boat seized for illegal fishing, trespassing    Sisi orders Interior Ministry's new facilities comprise service complexes    Sisi orders improving environment to comply with state's strategy for good governance    Egypt's parliament approves re-extending state of emergency for three months    AfDB, EIB ink joint action plan to boost public, private investments in Africa amid COVID-19    Africa's economy shrank by 2.1% in 2020, will grow by 3.4% in 2021: AfDB's president    Egypt seals 5 gold exploration deals in Eastern Desert for $13 mln    Egypt's banking sector forecast to remain stable in 2021 – Moody's    Africa's COVID-19 death rate now higher than global rate    Live score: Liverpool v Burnley (English Premier League)    On Britain's COVID-19 frontline, medics and patients fight for life    Donald Trump says goodbye to the White House    BREAKING: Egypt resumes diplomatic relations with Qatar ending 4-year boycott    Egypt reports 899 new coronavirus cases, 58 deaths on Tuesday    Egypt's newly elected parliament reviews the government reform plan    Back, and better    Happy New Year Bel Araby show at The Marquee Theatre is a must go    Isis Temple reopens    New discoveries at Saqqara    Egypt sends medical supplies to help Jordan battle coronavirus    Egypt supports tourism, aviation sectors with EGP 5bn during COVID19 crisis    Egypt government allocates $1.6 billion to buy COVID-19 vaccines – FinMin    Egypt eyes gradual return for tourism after revenues fall to $4 bln in 2020    Seasoned Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed dies at 76    Coronavirus strikes Egypt's youth team as 17 players, coach test positive    Nassef Sawiris plans to up his stake in owner of New York Knicks, Rangers    Cairo International Book Fair suspended for five months over coronavirus concerns    Egypt unveils largest archaeological discovery in 2020 with over 100 intact sarcophagi    Trump says won't blame Egypt for being ‘upset' over GERD dispute with Ethiopia    Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to resume Nile dam talks today    Global Finance: Egypt's Tarek Amer among the world's top 20 central bank governors    The Facebook Preacher's Search for Fame, and Egypt's Economy    Egypt calls on UNSC to address oil spill risks off Yemen coast    Egypt economically strong in face of COVID-19, reforms ongoing: International Cooperation Minister    Arafa Holding reports $144,000 COVID-19-related losses in April    Egypt's efforts in Libya to activate free will of Libyan people: Al-Sisi    Hyksos campaigns were internal takeover, not foreign invaders: study    COVID-19 affects Egypt sporting clubs    COVID-19 will soon turn to seasonal like swine flu: Presidential Health Advisor    ‘Egypt's Support' coalition convenes to discuss its Senate election list    Robbery attempt leads to discovery of Ptolemaic monuments in Qena    Flouting international guidance, Ethiopia unilaterally starts filling its Nile dam    Zaha speaks out after online racial abuse    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Merkel welcomes EU-Turkey meeting to improve ties
Published in Amwal Al Ghad on 21 - 01 - 2018

Germany's Angela Merkel welcomed on Saturday a Bulgarian plan to host a European Union-Turkey working meeting to try to improve strained ties and clear the ground for an eventual possible summit.
Bulgaria, which currently holds the EU presidency, is preparing a meeting between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Antonio Tajani in the Black Sea city of Varna, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told reporters on Saturday.
"This meeting is a good chance to speak with the Turkish President on all issues," Chancellor Merkel told a joint news conference with Borissov in Sofia, adding "we need orderly relations" with Turkey to solve the problems.
Borissov said the meeting could address Turkish concerns over payments from the EU under the migrant deal, as well as souring relations between Ankara and some big European Union member states, mainly over human rights concerns.
EU accession talks with Turkey were frozen in December 2016.
On Friday, the Turkish minister for EU affairs said Ankara would reject any offer of partnership with the European Union that falls short of membership, warning that the current impasse gave Turkey no reason to maintain its migrant deal with the bloc.
He also said the EU was not honoring all parts of a deal to stem the flow of migrants westwards from Turkey in return for 3 billion euros ($3.67 billion) in financial aid to Turkey and other support.
"I think one meeting between us where we can discuss, move forward and create conditions (to see) if it would be decided at a later stage to host a bigger meeting," Borissov said. "Such a meeting would be for the good of all of us."
Speaking in Sofia last week, European Commission President Juncker said the EU and Turkey would see no progress in their relations as long as Turkey held journalists in prison.
Authorities in Turkey have jailed more than 50,000 people and shut down some 130 media outlets in a major crackdown after a failed military coup in 2016.
Source: Reuters


Clic here to read the story from its source.