Vatican spokesman says question of Turkish entry into EU doesn’t involve Holy See

.- In response to comments by Turkey’s Prime Minister, Tayyip Erdogan, on the possibility of Turkish entry into the EU, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Holy See “has neither the power, nor the specific or political role of intervening in the question of Turkey’s entry into the European Union.”

“This is outside the competence of the Holy See,” Father Lombardi stated, adding that nevertheless, “the Vatican looks positively on and encourages the path dialogue and of rapprochement in Europe on the basis of common values and principles.”

The Vatican spokesman also said that during the meeting, Pope Benedict expressed his “appreciation” for the Alliance of Civilizations initiative proposed by Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and co-sponsored by Prime Minister Erdogan. 


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