Turkey will sign a new nuclear cooperation deal with the EU on Friday, as the European Union and Turkey seek to cement ties and reduce tensions over the conflict in Syria.
A joint statement said the deal, signed on Friday at the United Nations, would be a “milestone in our relationship”.
“The agreement reaffirms the long-standing commitment of both sides to strengthen our common interests and strengthen our bilateral cooperation,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, adding that Turkey would be able to “sign any document”.
“We hope that the EU and Turkey will have a fruitful dialogue about the resolution of the crisis in Syria,” he added.
Syria’s conflict has been a cause of deep concern for Turkey since the start of the uprising that toppled President Bashar al-Assad in 2011.
Turkish authorities have long accused Damascus of backing the armed group that is fighting to topple the Syrian leader, while Ankara has denied the allegation.
The EU, however, has repeatedly said it is opposed to the regime of President Bashar Assad and its military operations in Syria, but is open to any way to find a political solution.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly criticised the EU for its silence over the crisis, with his office announcing on Friday that Turkey was planning to hold an emergency EU summit next week.
Turkey has been the main mediator in the Syrian crisis.