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

The Siasat Daily (India) - Spain will do its best to encourage Turkey'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 Turkey's relations with the EU with Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’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 Turkey's eventual EU membership. Spain gave its full support to Turkey's aspiration to join the EU, Moratinos told Davutoglu in the southern city of Cordoba. Spain and Turkey are co-sponsors of the United Nations' Alliance of Civilizations project to encourage dialogue between the West and the Muslim world.