Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the decision that the European Union (EU) will take regarding the accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia will affect the future of the entire region, reports Anadolu Agency.
Erdoğan made these comments during the SEECP Summit in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo.
He said that Turkey has always provided and will continue to provide strong support for the Balkans’ integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions.
“The decision the EU regarding North Macedonia and Albania’s accession negotiations will affect the future of the entire region. The EU conducting this process in a manner contravening its commitments will harm the peace and stability in the region as well as its own credibility.” said the Turkish president.
Erdoğan said that recently, EU’s enlargement policy has been hijacked by some “narrow-minded” populist circles.
“We see that the EU’s enlargement policies have recently been hijacked by certain narrow-minded populist circles. Rising discriminatory and exclusionary trends across the continent endanger not only Europe’s domestic peace and future but also its potential to instil hope,” stated President Erdoğan, adding: “We believe that European leaders will act in a visionary manner and hold to the ideal of the Balkans’ integration with Europe.” Turkish President Erdoğan said.