Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, is scheduled to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on September 1. He will also meet with Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, the foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Speaker of the Grand National Assembly İsmail Kahraman, as well as representatives of the four Turkish parliamentary groups.
“The European Union’s commitment to democracy, democratic values and the rule of law in Turkey was, is and will remain unwavering,” said Schulz on August 31. “My visit aims to pay tribute to all the Turkish citizens who courageously took to the streets to defend democracy in the country.
“I also aim to set the political dialogue on the right footing once again and openly discuss all relevant issues related to our bilateral and regional cooperation: from security to the refugee crisis,” he added. “Turkey is a candidate country and a strategic partner of the EU: we need to talk to each other rather than at each other in order to productively tackle the momentous challenges we are confronted with.”