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The sooner Turkey is admitted to EU, the better – Rinkevics 10 novembre 2011

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Latvian News Agency, November 10, 2011

Ainвrs Leijзjs, Riga

The sooner Turkey is admitted to the European Union, the better, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (ZRP) announced during a joint press conference with the visiting Turkish Minister for European Union Affairs Egemen Bagis today.

Rinkevics pointed out that Turkey’s movement towards the EU has not been easy and will not be so in the future, therefore there are diplomats, politicians and other people who can improve this process.

Bagis in turn emphasized Turkey’s development over the past decades. The country has improved its economic situation and higher education, significantly increasing the number of schools of higher learning. These and other achievements indicate that Turkey’s need for the EU decreases, whilst the EU’s necessity to cooperate with Turkey increases. Therefore Turkey’s admission to the EU will take place when both processes will reach balance.

Both sides will only gain from Turkey’s accession to the EU, and the EU and Turkey will be able to let go of their mutual prejudices, explained Bagis.

Rinkevics pointed out that Latvia is currently not in the position to share its experience in carrying out reforms. Nevertheless, Latvia expresses strong political support for Turkey, so that its accession talks would fully resume.

Rinkevics thanked Bagis for ensuring Baltic air space control, and expressed support for Turkey’s struggle against terrorism. In the second quarter of 2011, Latvia’s export volume to Turkey increased by 365 percent, compared to the respective period last year, emphasized the minister and expressed hope that this growth will continue in the future.

Bagis noted that Turkey will head the G-20 in 2015, whilst Latvia will hold EU presidency in the first half of 2015, which is a positive coincidence that will allow both countries to coordinate their actions to prevent potential economic crises in the future.

Latvian-Turkish bilateral relations are excellent and friendly, points out the Foreign Ministry. The political dialogue between both countries develops successfully. Latvia strongly supports Turkey’s accession to the EU, when Turkey will conclude its accession talks. Both countries’ relations will focus on fostering economic ties, which have considerable potential, taking into account that Turkey is a large market with 77 million residents. Turkey is a highly popular destination among Latvian tourists, as indicated by the frequent direct flights Riga-Istanbul, provided by « airBaltic » and « Turkish Airlines », as well as many charter flights during the summer season.

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