Sanchez: We want Turkey to be part of the European Union


Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez affirmed his country’s desire for Turkey to be part of the European Union.

This came in a joint press conference held with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital, Ankara, on Wednesday.


“We want Turkey to be part of the European Union,” Sanchez added. “Turkey is not just a neighbor, but a common ally of the Union.”

He expressed his country’s desire to strengthen Turkey for this rapprochement and to continue the positive agenda envisaged by the European Council.

On the Turkish-Spanish bilateral relations, Sanchez said that they have reached an exceptional level and a good degree of maturity, describing them as “very positive.”

He pointed to the significant increase in the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, pointing to the significant increase in investments.


The number of Spanish companies investing in Turkey has reached more than 600, he said.

He stated that the Corona epidemic affected the two countries socially and economically, expressing his hope that the level of trade cooperation would return to its previous era.

He continued, “At the same time, Turkey’s growth rate is above average, and it will continue to be this way in the future.”

Sanchez noted positive news about the recovery of the Spanish economy, noting that his country has witnessed an increase in the number of those covered by social security since February 2020.


He stated that the good relations between Turkey and Spain will also reflect on the economy, indicating that the two countries have strengthened tourism and cultural cooperation between them.

He noted that the two countries stressed the importance of “intercultural and interreligious dialogue” in international forums, recalling in this context the support of Spain and Turkey for the “Alliance of Civilizations” initiative.