A better relationship with the EU is high on the agenda of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who hopes the union will reciprocate the approach.
The statement came after a year of more daring Turkish foreign policy in the Mediterranean, Libya and parts of the Middle East. As a consequence, Turkey’s relations with Greece and France have become increasingly tense.
But in a televised meeting with the country’s EU ambassadors, the president had a softer tone on Tuesday.
“We expect our European friends to show us the same goodwill,” he said.
Turkey and Greece meet on January 25 to discuss the long-standing dispute over the border between the countries’ territorial waters.
“We think the talks will herald a new era,” Erdogan said.
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