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Turkey says Austria should turn back from 'wrong policy' on Turkey's EU accession
April 28, 2017 / 6:23 PM / 7 months ago

Turkey says Austria should turn back from 'wrong policy' on Turkey's EU accession

ANKARA (Reuters) - Austria should turn back from its “wrong policy” regarding Turkey’s talks of joining the European Union, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrives for a meeting with European Union Foreign Ministers in Valletta, Malta, April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Speaking on the sidelines of a European foreign ministers’ summit in Malta, Cavusoglu said he sensed a “positive atmosphere” from leading European lawmakers regarding Turkey’s talks to join the bloc. He said dialogue between the two sides would continue.

Austria has long called for a complete end to Turkey’s EU bid, but many other EU states have been more cautious, acutely aware that the bloc needs Ankara’s help in keeping a lid on the flow of refugees and migrants from the Middle East.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Catherine Evans

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