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Turkish President Abdullah Gül said Monday that Turkey expected Polands term presidency in the European Union to speed up Turkeys accession process and open more chapters to negotiations.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski after a one on one meeting and a meeting between the delegations of the two countries in Warsaw, President Gül said the friendship between Turkey and Poland dated back centuries.

“In 2014, we will celebrate the 600th anniversary of the foundation of relations between our two countries. Friendly historic relations continue to this day,” Gül said.

“Turkey and Poland are two allies and strategic partners. We are determined to boost relations in all fields. Political relations between our two countries are excellent. We have carried our relations in the defense sector to higher levels. We have displayed a will to further promote economic relations between our two countries,” Gül said.

“Poland will assume the rotating presidency of the EU on July 1. Poland is among the countries that have not lost strategic vision in EU matters and think about the future of Europe. Within this frame, I have thanked them for their support extended to Turkeys entry negotiations. Around 80 percent of the Polish people support Turkeys EU membership,” Gül said.

Source:  Hurriyet Daily News
URL: www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=gul-visits-poland-asks-support-for-eu-bid-2011-06-06

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