Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has paid tribute to reforms in Turkey by calling for the country to become a partner in the Middle East peace process.
In an interview today with the France24 programme ‘Talking Europe,’ Jagland said Turkey had witnessed a “silent revolution” which had “proved that democracy and Islam can be reconciled and work hand in hand.”
He added: “Europe and the US should take Turkey much more on board when it comes to peace efforts in the Middle East. I fail to see how one can make peace without the major players in the whole region.”
The Secretary General admitted that “more has to be done” to update Turkey’s judicial system, expressing his concern at the country’s pre-trial detention period but declared that “Turkey has gone a long way” and has “made deep reforms.”