The Spanish government, which is set to takeover European Union's rotating presidency in January 2010, has pledged support for Turkey's EU accession under Madrid's leading of the Union, diplomatic officials said on Sunday.

 

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in Cordoba, Spain on a formal visit on Sunday as he met with his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos.

Diplomatic sources cited Moratinos as reiterating Spain's commitment to extend full support for Turkey's EU accession.

"We are watching Turkey and its foreign policy with admiration especially in relations with its neighbors," sources quoted Moratinos as saying.

Sources said also that Turkey and Spain were in agreement to open policy chapters on energy, competition, education and culture in Ankara's membership talks under Spain presidency.

The Turkish foreign minister also asked for Spain's support to fight against the terrorist organization PKK in Europe.

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