Swedish PM reiterates firm support for Turkey's EU accession bid

Dunya – The Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, arrived in Ankara this week for a two-day official visit at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking at a joint press conference, Reinfeldt said his country fully supports Turkey's EU accession bid. "Turkey, an important part of Europe, carries great importance for the EU," he said. Reinfeldt stressed that the EU cannot ignore Turkey's power, adding that the 27-member bloc needs Turkey as much as Turkey needs the EU. “There is a great distance between Turkey and Sweden; however, we have elements in common and sound ties, he added. Reinfeldt's visit comes ahead of Sweden's assumption in July of the EU's rotating term presidency.