March 25, 2016 / 8:21 AM / 4 years ago

Turkey needs EU as anchor for reform, Deputy PM Simsek says

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek poses during an interview with Reuters in Ankara, Turkey, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

BURSA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey needs the European Union as an anchor for reform and will continue the convergence process strongly as it seeks membership of the bloc, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Friday.

Simsek, the government’s economy czar, was speaking at the opening of the Uludag Economic Summit in the northwestern province of Bursa.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Asli Kandemir; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Nick Tattersall

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