Erdogan: 'Fresh page' for US relations with Trump

Hahn recently urged European Union governments to consider changing its relationship with Turkey after a referendum that handed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping powers.

After a "very frank and open" meeting with the foreign ministers, Mogherini said she was "happy to have (Turkey) in but a level of clarification" was needed from Ankara. They said it is time to reassess EU - Turkey relations and start a new chapter.

"The German government is strictly against canceling the talks, that would be totally the wrong reaction", Gabriel said.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said that while the European Union is not opposed to continuing accession talks with Turkey, the bloc first needs a clearer signal from Ankara on its willingness to meet the entrance criteria before negotiations can be resumed.

But diplomatic tensions between Austria and Turkey predate this escalation with other European countries after Austria led earlier calls to stop EU membership talks with Turkey.

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Blasting "fools" who he said were trying to form a Kurdish state in northern Syria, he vowed: "We will not allow the formation of such a state".

Erdogan and top Turkish officials have repeatedly threatened to rip up the deal because of the lack of progress in the membership talks.

He said he is to meet with Trump on May 16, when they will have bilateral discussions, adding that there are still "sensitive issues that we would like to take a desired stage, adding that Ankara is expecting "understanding" from the USA administration over the threats Turkey faces".

Some analysts have suggested it is wholly unrealistic that Turkey will ever join the bloc and Erdogan has on occasion mooted restoring capital punishment, a move that would automatically end its bid.

Worldwide observers and the political opposition in Turkey complained of the widespread potential for electoral fraud and an unfair campaign ahead of the vote that favored Erdogan's attempts to have Turkey's constitution amended.

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president says a "fresh page" in Turkish-American relations can be opened with President Donald Trump's administration, as high-level dialogue has intensified since January.

The Yes campaign won with 51.41 percent, while the No vote stood at 48.59 percent, the official results show.

Also at the Atlantic Council Istanbul summit, Erdogan's influential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin emphasised Turkey wants "to keep European Union membership as a strategic goal".

Mass detentions immediately after the attempted coup were supported by many Turks, who agreed with Erdogan when he blamed Gulen for orchestrating the putsch which killed 240 people, mostly civilians.

"They will look for a place for themselves to hide", he said.

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