Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Abadi says Iraq will prevent attacks on Turkey

Abadi says Iraq will prevent attacks on Turkey

The meeting was hosted by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, whose country now holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and attended by Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdoğan, Tusk, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

"If you are asking me if we achieved some solutions or compromises, my answer is no".

"We understand Turkey's need to deal effectively with its security after the attempted coup and the terrorist attacks it has suffered".

Erdogan has alarmed the West with a massive purge of hundreds of thousands of civil servants and political opponents since a failed coup in July 2016, including the arrest of dozens of independent journalists on trumped-up charges.

But Turkey remains an important ally in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the fight against Islamic militants and as a destination for many Syrians fleeing war.

The prospect of breathing new life into Turkey's decades-old bid for European Union accession - it began negotiating European Union membership in 2005 - remains remote. But we are concerned that some of the methods used, undermine fundamental freedoms and the rule of law in Turkey. "No one would take Bulgaria seriously, especially in Turkey". "The EU also stands ready to assist", Mr Tusk said.

Erdogan has also made more foes in Europe in the past year over what some view as hostile rhetoric, including comparing the Dutch and German governments to Nazis, with some calling for an end to accession talks. During that prior victory speech immediately on the heels of the Syrian Kurdish retreat from Afrin, Erdogan had promised further "extensions" of his forces in the region, including into Eastern Syria and Iraq, while making repeat historical references to the Ottoman empire.

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Brussels leaders cited these geostrategic interests as common ground for greater cooperation with Turkey, despite differences.

"The EU has lent substantial support to improve the livelihood of these refugees, and this evening we reaffirmed the European Union's unwavering commitment to continue this support", Tusk said.

During a visit by Erdogan to Paris earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron said Ankara should settle instead for a looser "partnership" with the European Union and suggested no more progress was possible in accession talks.

Turkey's president on Sunday: "We said we would go into Sinjar [Iraq]".

Turkey, for its part, has accused Brussels of failing to show solidarity after the coup and appears set on forging a strong partnership with President Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation.

"It would be a serious mistake for the bloc to push Turkey out of its enlargement politics".

All three European leaders praised the positive role that Turkey has played in the refugee crisis, taking over in several million Syrians and housing them in camps, thus alleviating the flow towards the EU.

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