last minute “data-mce-href =” https://www.ntv.com.tr/son-minute “> Breaking news President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke on the phone with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
According to the press release from the Communications Directorate; At the meeting, which was held at the request of Italian Prime Minister Draghi, Turkey-Italy relations and regional issues were discussed. President Erdoğan said they expected Italy, a NATO ally, to respond appropriately to the importance Turkey attaches to the relationship. Stating that the bilateral trade volume in the first 7 months of 2021 has approached $ 13 billion and exceeded its pre-epidemic level, Erdoğan said if they accelerate this momentum, they could easily reach the $ 30 billion goal.
Expressing that he believes that Italy’s support in principle for the development of Turkey-EU relations and the accession process will continue, Erdoğan said that it is in everyone’s interest to start negotiations for the update the customs union as soon as possible without any preconditions, and that the March 18 Agreement should be updated comprehensively. He said it was necessary.
President Erdoğan said that with Afghanistan under Taliban control, a new situation has arisen on the ground, and engagement with the Taliban should continue to the point of providing humanitarian assistance, if not pressure. on migration, which has already reached high levels, will increase even more. Stating that they support the timely elections in Libya, Erdoğan stressed that as Turkey, they provide training and advice to legitimate security forces at the request of Libya and on the basis of bilateral agreements.
Italian Prime Minister Draghi invited President Erdoğan to the leaders’ summit to be held in Rome in October of the G-20, which is chaired by Italy.