European Union to back Turkey in helping Syrian refugees

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World War 3 Turkey Erdogan army of Islam war attack all sides latest news

"It has been stated that terrorists in Manbij should leave the region immediately, otherwise Turkey will not hesitate to take the initiative there as it did in other regions", the MGK, which is chaired by Erdogan, said in a statement.

But Turkey remains an important ally in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the fight against Islamic militants and as a destination for many Syrians fleeing war. These include European Union alarm at Erdogan's crackdown on perceived opponents following a coup attempt in 2016, the arrest of journalists, Turkey's military operations against Kurds in northern Syria and squabbling over Ankara's deal to halt the flow of refugees into Europe.

"We hope that we have left a hard period in Turkey-EU relations behind", Turkish president said noting that it would be a "grave mistake for Europe, which claims to be a global force, to push Turkey out of its expansion policy".

"Our meeting today demonstrated that while our relationship is going through hard times, in areas where we do cooperate, we cooperate well", Tusk said.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

Tusk said improved relations would depend on progress on issues including the rule of law and press freedom as well as Syria.

In a written statement, Aksoy added that Turkey "condemns what happened in the United Kingdom and regards the use of chemical weapons as a crime against humanity".

But Erdogan struck a more optimistic tone, telling reporters: "We hope that we have left a very hard period behind in Turkey-EU relations". "On sensitive issues such as the struggle against terrorism, we don't expect unnecessary criticism but strong support".

Turkey also objects to "unilateral hydrocarbon-related activities" undertaken by Greek Cypriots in Eastern Mediterranean. The Cyprus government says a gas search is its sovereign right and will benefit all citizens.

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