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Kılıçdaroğlu names EU membership as main goal, urges sharing of Turkey’s refugee burden

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Leader of the main opposition party and presidential candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said that if elected, his main goal will be making Turkey a member of the European Union, adding that the union should share Turkey’s refugee burden, Voice of America Turkish edition reported on Wednesday.

Kılıçdaroğlu, chair of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), spoke on Wednesday during an iftar dinner in Ankara hosted by Future Party (GP) leader Ahmet Davutoğlu and attended by senior opposition figures and ambassadors from European countries, including Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, head of the EU delegation to Turkey.

The CHP leader is the joint presidential candidate of an opposition bloc of six parties, known as the Nation Alliance, for the election slated for May 14. The alliance includes Davutoğlu’s GP.

“Our main goal is membership in the European Union. Of course we want to be part of the civilized world,” Kılıçdaroğlu said, adding that if he is elected, he will do his best to move forward with Turkey’s stalled accession process.

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