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Cyprus, Greece Support Turkey's European Union Entry Bid

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Greece's foreign minister George Katrougalos during an official visit to Cyprus. (Photo by foreign Ministry via Eurokinissi)

NICOSIA (AP) — Greece's foreign minister says it's in the best interests of his country, Cyprus and the European Union that Turkey's faltering bid to join the bloc stays on track.

George Katrougalos said after talks Tuesday with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides that an "anti-European, hostile Turkey" on the EU's eastern frontier is undesirable, but that Ankara has to fully respect EU principles.

He added that Greece opposes the fostering of a climate of "Islamophobia" that's contrary to values that the EU espouses.

Christodoulides said Cyprus disagrees with other EU member states that don't want Turkey to join the bloc because it would scupper efforts to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation and undercut chances of getting Ankara to embrace EU principles.

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Greece's foreign minister George Katrougalos with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides. (Photo by foreign Ministry via Eurokinissi)

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Greece's foreign minister George Katrougalos with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides. (Photo by foreign Ministry via Eurokinissi)

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Greece's foreign minister George Katrougalos with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides. (Photo by foreign Ministry via Eurokinissi)

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Greece's foreign minister George Katrougalos during an official visit to Cyprus. (Photo by foreign Ministry via Eurokinissi)

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Greece's foreign minister George Katrougalos during an official visit to Cyprus. (Photo by foreign Ministry via Eurokinissi)

The National Herald

Greece's foreign minister George Katrougalos with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides. (Photo by foreign Ministry via Eurokinissi)

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Greece's foreign minister George Katrougalos with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides. (Photo by foreign Ministry via Eurokinissi)

The National Herald

Greece's foreign minister George Katrougalos with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides. (Photo by foreign Ministry via Eurokinissi)