EU congratulates ErdoIan on his presidential victory

BRuKSEL (CIHAN)- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso have released a joint message of congratulations on the election of Recep Tayyip ErdoIan as 12th President of the Republic of Turkey.

Releasing the message on the official website of European Union, the high-ranking EU officials said: “We congratulate you on your election as President of the Republic of Turkey. Turkey is a key partner for the European Union: a candidate country negotiating EU accession, a neighbor, an important trade partner and a foreign policy ally. We look forward to enhancing our cooperation in all these areas.”

Addressing ErdoIan, the two officials further said: “As you rightly underlined yourself, we trust you will maintain the conciliatory role which your new position involves, and strive to encompass all communities, beliefs, sensitivities, opinions and lifestyles of the Turkish society. We also look forward to your continuing support to the current process aiming at a settlement of the Kurdish issue, in which you already invested valuable efforts and on your continuing support to reach a settlement in Cyprus.”

Prime Minister ErdoIan, who ran for president along with opposition candidates Ekmeleddin IhsanoIlu and Selahattin DemirtaI in Sunday’s election, became Turkey’s 12th president, receiving 51.8 percent of the total vote according to unofficial election results. (TZCihan)