FM Çavuşoğlu, Council of Europe head Jagland hold phone call amid tension over PACE decision

DAILY SABAH
Published 27.04.2017 19:40
Updated 27.04.2017 22:57
FM Çavuşoğlu, Council of Europe head Jagland hold phone call amid tension over PACE decision

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland held a phone call on Thursday amid tension over the recent voting at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which resulted in Turkey being placed on a monitoring watch list.

The call, the first official contact between Turkey and the Council of Europe since PACE's controversial decision, was made on Jagland's request, foreign ministry sources said.

During its Spring Part Session on April 25, PACE decided to re-open the monitoring procedure in respect to Turkey, which has been under post-monitoring dialogue since 2004.

Ankara strongly condemned the decision, calling it a politically motivated move and the result of an imprudent mindset lacking strategic vision.

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