Turkish foreign minister in Brussels amidst protests over activists’ arrest
Source :NewsBharati Date :31-Jul-2017
Brussels, July 31: Turkey is facing a great downfall with the European Union at the moment. The arrest of Amnesty International Director recently with other Human Rights activists has made Turkey an intolerable country. However, ignoring the entire recent crisis, Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met the EU foreign affairs High Representative Federica Mogherini in Brussels in time of great tension.
The EU has been concerned with the rule of law in Turkey, since July 2016’s failed coup and the government crackdown which followed, targeting the press. Mogherini stressed the need for cooperation, saying: “As we have consistently done in the past we stress that our cooperation and dialogue need to be sustained by concrete positive steps in the areas of rule of law and fundamentals freedoms as well as in bilateral relations with each of the European Union member states”.
But Çavuşoğlu said, “It does not matter whether it is journalists or activists. If on one side you have journalists who do their job well, with freedom, and on the other side of the so-called journalists who support a terrorist organisations, you have to separate them.”
Despite Turkish ambitions of joining the EU being on hold for now, Çavuşoğlu stressed that many meetings with EU officials are planned for the coming months.