Spain to push for Türkiye's EU membership during its presidency

The Siasat Daily (India) - Spain will do its best to encourage Türkiye's entry into the European Union during its EU presidency in the first half of 2010, said government sources on Monday. King Juan Carlos discussed Türkiye's relations with the EU with Ahmet Davutoglu, Türkiye’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was visiting Madrid on Monday. On Sunday, Davutoglu met his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos, who told him Spain will encourage negotiations on Türkiye's eventual EU membership. Spain gave its full support to Türkiye's aspiration to join the EU, Moratinos told Davutoglu in the southern city of Cordoba. Spain and Türkiye are co-sponsors of the United Nations' Alliance of Civilizations project to encourage dialogue between the West and the Muslim world.