March 26, 2018 / 7:37 PM / a year ago

Erdogan says excluding Turkey from EU enlargement would be a big mistake

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and European Council President Donald Tusk arrive for a news conference at Euxinograd residence, near Varna, Bulgaria, March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday it would be a big mistake to leave Turkey out of the European Union’s enlargement process.

At a summit between the bloc and membership candidate Turkey in Bulgaria’s Varna, Erdogan said he hoped to have left difficult times with the EU behind.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Catherine Evans

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