Davutoglu praises EU's decision
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu welcomed the decision reached by EU member states and hailed the efforts of EU countries to open talks with Turkey. Speaking to reporters following a parliamentary meeting on Tuesday, Davutoglu said, "This text clearly notes that it has been decided to open the chapter. Other technical and procedural meetings will be held at a date that suits both sides and especially at a date parallel with the EU progress report according to the text. The important thing is that such a decision is made and it was confirmed that the chapter is opened in an irrevocable decision." Davutoglu also said they expected accession talks for the opening of Chapters 23 and 24 in the near future. "We have also completed working on the two chapters. The opening of Chapters 23 and 24 is particularly important in the context of human rights and freedoms," Davutoglu noted.