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Turkish president reaffirms commitment to EU membership

The Turkish president on Thursday reaffirmed Türkiye's commitment to become a member of the European Union, describing it as the country's "strategic goal."

“Full membership in the European Union is our strategic goal. It is in our common interest for the EU to approach Türkiye from a similar perspective," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a joint news conference with his Estonian counterpart Alar Karis in Ankara.

Türkiye applied for EU membership in 1987 and has been a candidate country since 1999. Membership negotiations started in 2005 but entered into a stalemate after 2007 due to the Cyprus problem and opposition by several member states.


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