EU says membership talks still open if Turkey wants them

01 May, 2017, 13:49 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini left talks to journalists as she arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Valletta Malta Friday

Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said it had implemented the ban against Wikipedia.org with an administrative order.

During 2016-17, India-Turkey trade had shrunk almost 28 per cent year-on-year to $4.91 billion, of which India's exports to Turkey were $4.14 billion, down 22.7 per cent, while Turkey's exports to India fell 47 per cent to $776 million.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reviews the guard of honour during the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday.

[blurb]"We have always emphasised that India-Turkey relations stand on their own footing and, we believe, the Turkish side reciprocates our sentiment", Ruchi Ghanashyam, Secretary (West) in the External Affairs Ministry, said, adding that India's position on the state of J&K is very well known that it is an integral part of the country.

In Jammu and Kashmir, situation is different.

In an exclusive interview with WION ahead of his visit, President Erdogan refuted that Turkey was reluctant to support India as a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Questioned about his views on Kashmir in an interview by a TV channel on the eve of his visit, Erdogan said, "We should not allow more casualties to occur".

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for Pakistan and India settling the dispute of Kashmir once and for all through talks, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday.

India - which has the second-largest Muslim population in the world -is a member of the G-20- and is one of the so-called BRICS countries - a group of five major emerging economies along with Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. Turkish President is going to hold talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi on May 1 on his India visit.

He insisted that Erdogan had crossed many "red lines" that would bar membership, including the imprisonment of journalists, undue pressure on the opposition, and the referendum to make the presidency more powerful.

Erdogan also mentioned the nuclear sphere as one of the possible aspects of cooperation between the countries.

Some 120,000 people have already been suspended from jobs ranging from the civil service to the private sector, and more than 40,000 arrested, following last year's failed coup.

On a question whether the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's references to self-determination for all peoples should be applied universally, whether in Kashmir or in settling the Kurdish and Tibetan problems, Erdogan said, "OIC has its area of influence.

It will become clear after the talks between the two leaders", a government official told the Indian Express newspaper.

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