ANKARA 

Turkey on Friday congratulated North Macedonia and Albania for opening accession talks with the European Union.

“We congratulate our friends and Allies North Macedonia and Albania on the start of their EU accession negotiations and the EU,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Also as a negotiating candidate country, Turkey, which has supported the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Balkan countries from the outset, believes that, this belated decision will make important contributions to the stability and prosperity of the region and to ongoing EU’s efforts to become a global power,” the statement added.

“As the most important soft

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