Update: 1/10/2022 16:44
Issued by: 1/10/2022, 4:44 p.m
Prague – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will also come to the informal EU summit, which will begin on Thursday in Prague. Server Lidovky.cz this was confirmed today by the Turkish ambassador to the Czech Republic, Egemen Bagis. In addition to the leaders of the G27, 17 non-member countries were also invited to the summit, including Britain and Ukraine, for example, in addition to Turkey.
“President Erdogan will attend the summit of the European political community on October 6 in Prague,” the ambassador told the server. According to Lidovek, there was a question mark over Erdogan’s participation, and the Turkish head of state postponed the decision until the last moment.
Turkey has already signaled through the ambassador that it would like to start significantly strengthening its relationship with the European Union after years of deadlocked negotiations. A meeting between Armenian Prime Minister Nikolay Pashinyans and Erdogan, which Armenia requested, could be held in Prague, Bagis said. The two countries, which have had virtually no relations with each other for decades, are now cautiously trying to bring them closer together for the sake of mutual trade, stabilization of the security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, and balancing of Russian influence in the region, the server added.
The two-day summit during the Czech presidency of the Council of the EU is supposed to bring the premiere of a new format of cooperation with new states. The aim is to bring together democratic European nations that share the EU’s set of values, which they may or may not use to apply for EU membership. It is not an alternative, but rather a supplement to the expansion process. The leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Switzerland, Norway, Kosovo and Great Britain received invitations.
The summit meeting should also have a special guest, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, writes Lidovky.cz with reference to two diplomatic sources. A joint declaration by the EU and NATO could be signed at the summit, which would strengthen cooperation between the two blocs and defense against Russian aggression.
As an informal guest, the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Sani should be present at the summit, who accepted the invitation of President Miloš Zeman as the domestic head of state and will also have dinner.
Due to the summit, the entire area of Prague Castle will be closed from October 4 to 8. The security and escort of the members of the EU summit will be ensured next week by several policemen from Prague and throughout the country, and the army will probably also participate. Traffic closures are not planned.