Britain calls on EU to 'reach out' to Turkey

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July 23, 2007 12:07

Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband called on the European Union on Monday to "reach out" to Turkey a day after it re-elected an Islamic-rooted ruling party, to ensure it keeps to Western-minded reforms. "It is very important that across Europe we reach out to the new government in Turkey when it is formed," Miliband told reporters arriving for EU foreign ministers talks. "A stable and secure political situation in Turkey is massively in our interest and we will certainly want to be taking forward our links with this very very important country," he said. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso congratulated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory.


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