Poland gives Erdogan support on Turkey’s EU bid

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
Updated 17 October 2017
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Poland gives Erdogan support on Turkey’s EU bid

WARSAW: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Tuesday with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw, his first official bilateral visit to an EU country since the failed 2016 coup in Turkey.
Although Erdogan visited Belgium in May for a NATO meeting and Hamburg for a G20 summit in July, Poland was the first EU country to invite him since Ankara’s massive crackdown on alleged coup plotters.
EU powerhouse Germany has criticized the measures as excessive and has hindered Turkey’s bid to join the bloc.
But Erdogan found a friendly voice in Warsaw.
“Poland supports Turkey’s aspiration to join the European Union,” said Polish President Andrzej Duda, appearing with Erdogan before journalists.
Accession talks between Brussels and Ankara have essentially stopped.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently called for a halt to negotiations but most of the other EU nations want to keep a fragile line open.
Erdogan said if the EU thinks “the accession of Turkey is not possible, then it should finally tell us so.”
The Turkish and Polish leaders also discussed defense cooperation through NATO, and the issue of energy as both countries count on coal for part of their energy needs.


Hezbollah leader boasts group has ‘highly accurate’ missiles

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Hezbollah leader boasts group has ‘highly accurate’ missiles

BEIRUT: The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah is boasting the group possesses “highly accurate” missiles despite Israeli attempts to prevent it from acquiring such weapons.
Hassan Nasrallah spoke in a televised speech on Thursday to supporters commemorating Ashoura, one of the most important religious holy days for Shiite Muslims.
Nasrallah says Israel knows the regional balance of power has changed, and that recent Israeli strikes in Syria to prevent Hezbollah from acquiring those weapons failed because this “has already been achieved.”
He says Hezbollah now has “highly accurate ... missiles” and that, should Israel impose a war on Lebanon, “it will face a fate and a reality it never expected.”
Israel worries Hezbollah has been improving its capabilities and increased its strikes in Syria to prevent weapons shipments to the group.