Published: 20:28, January 21, 2021 | Updated: 03:58, June 5, 2023
Turkey-EU ties on better footing, says EU's top envoy
By Reuters

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (left) and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell speak ahead of a meeting at the EEAS in Brussels on January 21, 2021. (STEPHANIE LECOCQ / POOL / AFP)

BRUSSELS - Turkey and the European Union have started the year positively and steps to restart talks with Greece over hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean are welcome, but the EU remains concerned about human rights, the bloc’s top envoy said on Thursday.

“We have seen an improvement in the overall atmosphere ... we strongly wish to see a sustainable de-escalation in the eastern Mediterranean,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu before their meeting.

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“We remain concerned about the (human rights) situation in Turkey,” Borrell said.