Turkey’s defence minister on Monday called on the EU to adopt an objective and unbiased approach towards his country for mutually productive relations.
Hulusi Akar said some “unilateral, non-objective and biased approaches” that do not take into account Turkey’s rights and interests and leaving them aside are “unacceptable.”
Regarding the meeting with the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in the capital Ankara, Akar said the meeting was “beneficial, sincere and efficient.”
Akar said they exchanged views on regional issues, especially developments in Syria and Libya.
“The effective cooperation between the EU and Turkey is highly important for the two sides and the region. We want to further develop our cooperation and dialogue with the EU, especially on defence and security issues within the framework of peace, friendship and respect for our common values,” he added.
Referring to the recent tensions with France over a claim of vessel harassment in the Mediterranean, Akar said he informed Borrell about the issue and revealed France’s allegations did not reflect the reality.