Erdogan: Turkey 'tired' of European Union membership process

Erdogan: Turkey 'tired' of European Union membership process

Erdogan: Turkey 'tired' of European Union membership process

The study, which Eurosam announced on the sidelines of a meeting in Paris of French President Emmanuel Macron and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, is to lay the ground for a development and production contract.

On a visit to Paris for talks with President Emmanuel Macron today, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey "won't wait forever" when it comes to the EU.

Ankara was hoping to warm frosty relations with Europe during Erdogan's trip, but the talks were overshadowed by concerns over Turkey's huge post-coup crackdown and the arrest of journalists.

In an interview with France's LCI television on Thursday, he said he had got off to a "very good start" with France's new leader.

Neither Macron nor Erdogan hid their pessimism over the state of Turkey's long-running bid to join the EU.

"One can not permanently implore and wait to be finally included", he said, adding that frustration over the European Union stance might tempt Ankara to turn its back to Europe.

"I hope we can take up a peaceful dialogue that would allow us to build a relationship which is essential in my eyes, both for ourselves and for the region", Macron added.

Erdogan's government has also arrested tens of thousands of officials, academics and activists in the wake of a botched coup attempt in 2016, drawing criticism from rights advocates.

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Fethullah Gulen, a US -based preacher, is accused by Ankara of orchestrating the coup attempt.

A number of European Union member states has condemned the Turkish government's arrests and purges of tens of thousands of people after a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

"Democracies must fully respect the rule of law", Macron warned Erdogan.

The Turkish president said that despite the fact that the Turkey-EU process began decades ago, the country was not granted membership.

"This is seriously exhausting us and seriously exhausting our nation".

Commenting on the possibility of Turkey turning its back on Europe he added: 'One can not permanently implore and wait to be finally included'.

In order to become a member of the bloc, Turkey has to successfully conclude negotiations with the EU in 35 policy chapters that involve reforms and the adoption of European standards.

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