Published: 21:14, March 29, 2021 | Updated: 21:04, June 4, 2023
EU presidents to go to Turkey next week, spokesman says

In this file photo taken on Dec 18, 2004, supporters of Justice and Development Party wave national and EU flags as then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. (MUSTAFA OZER / AFP)

BRUSSELS  - The presidents of the European Council and the European Commission will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey on April 6, an EU spokesman said on Monday, in the latest sign of improving ties.

The EU did not give further details of the trip by Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen. But the visit is part of a relaunch of relations approved by EU leaders last week after Turkey moved to calm a dispute over hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Turkey, an EU candidate country, last held a formal summit with the two EU chiefs in March 2020, when Erdogan met Michel and von der Leyen in Ankara.

Despite Turkey’s decision to withdraw from a convention protecting women from violence and a deterioration in human rights, the EU says it is willing to work towards expanding trade.

Both sides also aim to agree billions of euros in fresh EU support for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

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