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European Council President Tusk speaks with Turkey's President Erdogan via telephone

EU News 507/2014

Brussels, 23/12/2014

This morning I had a conversation with President Erdogan of Turkey. It was a good opportunity to discuss ways to further strengthen the relations between the European Union and Turkey, which is a common priority. I welcomed Turkey's recently adopted EU strategy and expressed my hope that good progress will be made in 2015.

I commended the President's efforts towards a peaceful settlement of the Kurdish issue. I welcomed Turkey's efforts in hosting over 1,5 million refugees from the ongoing war in Syria and stressed the European Union's continued readiness to assist in this effort. We also discussed developments in Turkey, including recent detentions and the importance of an impartial and transparent process in this regard.

We agreed to remain in close contact and both looked forward to a meeting at the earliest possible opportunity.