EU tells Erdogan they have common interests but also challenges

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Mon, 26 Mar 2018 - 07:08 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk (R) in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Oliver ...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with European Council President Donald Tusk (R) in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Oliver ...

VARNA, Bulgaria - 26 March 2018: The European Union is worried over President Tayyip Erdogan's adherence to the rule of law at home and his actions in Syria and in the east Mediterranean but will go on offering its support for Syrian refugees, the bloc's senior officials said.

"Our meeting today demonstrated that while our relationship is going through difficult times, in areas where we do cooperate, we cooperate well," European Council President Donald Tusk told reporters after an EU-Turkey summit in Varna.

"We reconfirm our readiness to keep up the dialogue and conversation and work together to overcome current difficulties with a view to unleashing the potential of our partnership."

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