European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini meets with Secretary-General of Amnesty International Salil Shetty in Brussels, Belgium July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
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Rights group Amnesty International urged the EU on Tuesday to get bloc membership candidate Turkey back in line and "reset" relations with Ankara if it does not reverse its human rights crackdown.Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn are due to meet Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik later Tuesday amid increasingly sharp exchanges over Ankara's rights record and the crackdown after a failed coup last year.Shetty said he had asked for the meeting with Mogherini to press Amnesty's message that the EU should no longer tolerate Ankara's actions. Turkey began formal membership talks in 2005 after years of foot-dragging by EU member states wary of admitting such a large Muslim country.
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