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EU, Turkey hold political dialogue

07-14-2010 09:13 BJT

ISTANBUL, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The European Union and Turkey held their first ministerial-level political dialogue meeting here on Tuesday while the EU reaffirmed its commitment for Turkish EU accession.

The EU integration was one of the main topics for discussion during the one-day closed-door meeting held in Ciragan Palace and was attended by some 40 officials from both sides.

Turkey is represented by a delegation headed by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and State Minister and chief EU negotiator Egemen Bagis.

The EU side was headed by High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele.

Speaking at a news conference shortly after the meeting, Ashton said, Turkey was a candidate endeavoring for full membership, adding "we are progressing for the same targets and try to preserve peace, tranquility and peace in the region."

Ashton said the Middle East issue was also taken up at the meeting, noting the role that Turkey would play in the West Balkans and the Caucasus was expressed again.

EU's Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele said the meeting was important to show the synergy which Turkey and the EU have achieved.

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