March 26, 2018 / 7:08 PM / 9 months ago

EU tells Erdogan they have common interests but also challenges

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, European Council President Donald Tusk, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker attend a news conference at Euxinograd residence, near Varna, Bulgaria, March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

VARNA, Bulgaria (Reuters) - The European Union is worried over President Tayyip Erdogan’s adherence to the rule of law at home and his actions in Syria and in the east Mediterranean but will go on offering its support for Syrian refugees, the bloc’s senior officials said.

“Our meeting today demonstrated that while our relationship is going through difficult times, in areas where we do cooperate, we cooperate well,” European Council President Donald Tusk told reporters after an EU-Turkey summit in Varna.

“We reconfirm our readiness to keep up the dialogue and conversation and work together to overcome current difficulties with a view to unleashing the potential of our partnership.”

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel @AdeCar; Editing by Gabriela Baczynska

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