Kaljurand: Estonia, Turkey share similar views on security situation (4)
On an official visit to Ankara yesterday, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs met with the the President of Turkey, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly, the Prime Minister as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, with whom she discussed relations with the EU, the migration crisis, the fight against terrorism and cooperation in NATO.
Speaking about the migration crisis, Kaljurand stressed the importance of European unity in alleviating the situation as well as the importance of addressing the root causes of the crisis. Kaljurand also recognized Turkey's significant contributions to the solving of the crisis. "The EU-Turkey deal has provided clear results in the fight against illegal migration and illegal migration flows from Turkey's directions have slowed down," said Kaljurand.
The Estonian minister confirmed Estonia's continued support of Turkey's approach toward the EU. "Turkey is an important partner for Europe in many important foreign policy issues and in the solving of many problems, and therefore it is important to keep Turkey on the path toward the EU," she said.
Also spoken about were cooperation in NATO, the latest developments in Syria and the fight against terrorism. "Estonia and Turkey share similar views on the security situation in Europe and the world at large," said Kaljurand. "We are close allies in NATO and highly value our partner relationship."
Likewise discussed were the strained situation in Eastern Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia. According to Kaljurand, Estonia and Turkey share the same positions on these issues.
Speaking about bilateral relations, Minister Kaljurand stressed the fact that Estonia and Turkey are good friends and allies whose political, economic and cultural relations are developing well. "Turkey never acknowledged the occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union and was also a big supporter of Estonia's efforts in aspiring to NATO membership," she noted.
Kaljurand invited her Turkish colleague Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to visit Estonia; a visit is planned for October of this year.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand visited Ankara on Wednesday and Thursday as representative of the Estonian presidency and the 47 member states of the Council of Europe.
While in Ankara, Kaljurand met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly İsmail Kahraman, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ as well as representatives from opposition parties and women's organization Flying Broom (Uçan Süpürge).