“A new Turkey has emerged under the leadership of Erdogan”

“A new Turkey has emerged under the leadership of Erdogan”

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, emphasized on the emergence of a new Turkey today, under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and due to the implemented reforms, the arms in the Southeastern Anatolia Region were laid down thus heading towards a peaceful environment, he said ” Erdogan’s Turkey is on the right path”.
An article penned by Foreign Minister Bildt was published on the Foreign Ministry’s website and in “Dagens Industri” economical newspaper, prior to Prime Minister Erdogan’s visit to Sweden.
In his article, Bildt evoked that this year marks the passing of over 50 years since Turkey signed the Ankara Agreement for the membership of the European Union, noting Turkey’s steady progress since the establishment of the Republic in 1923. Bildt, expressed that due to the reforms implemented during Erdogan’s term as Prime Minister of the government, the fighting in Southeastern Anatolia Region was ceased thus leading towards peace in the region, he writes: “Today, under the leadership of Erdogan a new Turkey has emerged. Erdogan’s Turkey is on the right path”.
Bildt indicated that Erdogan will be meeting with the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt later today, and noted that a delegation of 200 people including five ministers and businessmen accompanied the prime minister on his trip, he stated that ” This is a sign for a more important relations in the field of trade,” .
Bildt pointed out the economic developments, and attributed the 3 fold increase of gross domestic product the last 10 years in Turkey to the liberal reforms and signing the Customs Union agreement with the EU.
Bildt highlighted on how Turkey’s economy was not affected by the recent economic crisis yet even grew stronger; stating that this emphasized the country’s sound banking system.
Bildt listed the current account deficit issues in Need of reforms as inflation, the labor market and the informal economy, and underlined that the EU is Turkey’s largest export market.
Minister Bildt stated that 70 per cent of Turkey’s population is under the age of 30, and that young people want a more constant free social environment and liberal reforms.
Providing information related to the “Marmaray” Bildt noted the following:
“It will play an important role between Europe and Asia in the future. It will be part of the new Silk Road ahead in time. Turkey’s unique geopolitical location will be a springboard for trade and investment for once”.
Bildt indicated that the visa requirement for Turkish citizens is preventing economical profit and is a bad influence to the EU’s image, he wrote, “Visas must be removed for the Turkish side”.
Minister Bildt brought to attention that the elongation of Turkey’s EU accession negotiations and the Cyprus problem is originated from the “narrow domestic political accounts and interests “of some EU member states, he signified that “Yet, now obtaining a new vitality and momentum is needed”.

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