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US maintains support for Turkey's membership of EU
The United States supports Turkey's membership of the European Union despite the crisis caused by the rejection of the European constitution in two key countries, the White House said Wednesday.
Speaking ahead of talks between US President George W. Bush and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said "we have not changed our views" about Turkey's hopes to join the EU.
Bush expressed his support for Turkey's candidacy last year, drawing criticism from France's President Jacques Chirac who said the US leader should not get involved in European affairs.