Turkey and the EU to restart dialogue after 1.5 years
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Turkey and the European Union will hold a High Level Political Dialogue meeting on Nov. 22 after 1.5 year of break as a sign of progress in dialogue efforts.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission and Johannes Hahn, the European Union commissioner for enlargement, will attend the meeting in Ankara where they will be hosted by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakcı.

The meeting will focus on two subjects, according to the EU official.

“One on foreign policy issues, the cooperation of the EU and Turkey, Syria, the Middle East peace process, like Jerusalem, etc. Also, on the accession process [of Turkey to the EU] and related issues, the Customs Union, visa liberalization and so on,” said the EU official.

“It is very important that the meeting takes place because we want to keep channels of communication open and improve communication. The meeting will be also used as a forum to discuss pending issues. One issue we are going to raise on our side is we will be asking for an update on the reform efforts,” an EU official told Hürriyet Daily News on condition of anonymity.

The Turkish government resumed the “Reform Action Group” meeting on Aug. 29, after a three-year break, in a sign Ankara is stepping up efforts to revive ties with the EU. Ankara plans to hold the second meeting of its kind on Dec. 11.

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