European Union should be clear on its stance on Turkey: PM

European Union should be clear on its stance on Turkey: PM

European Union should be clear on its stance on Turkey: PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey's intelligence chief would meet Iraqi officials to discuss an Iraqi military operation in Sinjar, a region of north Iraq that is home to the country's Yazidi minority.

Speaking at a joint news conference after Turkey-EU summit in Bulgarian city of Varna, he said our operations against terrorism not only to contribute to the security of ourselves and the Syrians but also to the security of Europe.

Erdogan announced the new engagement to a crowd in the Black Sea province of Trabzon, declaring: "We said we would go into Sinjar".

"Relations are non-existent, so we are starting from a very low point", Asli Aydintasbas, an analyst at the London-based European Council on Foreign Relations, said in an email.

Sinjar was one of the main targets of Daesh (IS) terrorists in recent years who were responsible for killing hundreds of Yazidi community members and enslaving their women.

Erdogan said in turn he hoped the period of bad relations between Turkey and the European Union has remained in the past.

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Despite criticism from European governments by what many see as growing authoritarianism under Erdogan's regime, EU leaders left the door open to Turkey's stalled bid for membership to the bloc but said only Erdogan was capable of removing the obstacles that keep Turkey from furthering its accession.

The summit comes amid an array of issues that have strained ties, including a dispute between Turkey and EU-member Cyprus over energy exploration in the Mediterranean.

The EU has lent substantial support to improve the livelihood of these refugees, and this evening the European Union's unwavering commitment to continue this support was reaffirmed, Tusk said.

The EU largely depends on Turkey to curtail the flow of migrants into Europe but has deep concerns over the state of democracy, human rights and freedoms in Turkey that have taken a turn for the worse after a 2016 failed military coup. Their departure came after repeated warnings by Ankara, which declared its intention to launch a military operation in the area.

Brussels has repeatedly criticised the post-coup crackdown, which has seen almost 160,000 people detained, including dozens of journalists. In other words, it seems that Turkey is more willing to put the burden of purging the remaining parts of Syria's northern territories from the Kurdish groups on the shoulders of the United States and at the same time, consolidate its current position in Afrin for further use in the future.

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