Turkey is “very important” to the European Union and trust must be rebuilt between the two sides, said the EU Parliament’s new Turkey rapporteur.

In his first-ever interview with media after coming to office, Nacho Sanchez Amor told Anadolu Agency that he would endeavor to be objective during his term, and maintain contact with any interlocutors concerned.

Stressing that the EU recognized Turkey has “legitimate concerns on security,” Amor said this did not constitute consent to Ankara acting “unilaterally” in Syria, referring to Turkey’s recent anti-terror operation in northern Syria.

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