Turkey is a natural and strong partner in maintaining and promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the European Union and wider Europe, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Monday.

The top Turkish diplomat made the remarks during a ceremony attended by Turkish ambassadors in the capital Ankara on Monday.

“If we have done and are doing with the European Union what we have achieved in foreign policy alone, the European Union would be applauded as a global player all over the world,” Çavuşoğlu said.

“Turkey is Europe and Europe needs Turkey. European security needs Turkey,” he added. “We expect the European Union to take concrete steps towards cooperation with Turkey and its application for membership.”

Turkey opened accession talks with the EU in 2005, pledging to strengthen its democracy, guarantee the rule of law and match regulations governing the economy with those of the 27-member bloc. But the political and economic union froze talks on Turkey’s membership chapters following an attempted military coup in 2016 as it moved further away from European democratic standards.

“Today, the commitment sought by formulas such as the European Political or Geopolitical Community has already been established for us through the Partnership Status, the Customs Union relationship and the process of negotiating accession to the European Union. ‘EU,” Çavuşoğlu said.

“We are not open to suggestions that would cast a shadow over our membership process. We look favorably on integration steps that will accelerate our membership and empower us in relevant policy areas,” the Turkish Foreign Minister added.

Turkey called for revitalizing its accession process, in addition to updating the EU-Turkey customs union, regular high-level dialogues, visa liberalization and counter-terrorism cooperation.

Members of the European Parliament adopted a report on Turkey in June, which states that the EU’s top political body cannot consider resuming accession negotiations with Ankara without significant and clear steps by Ankara on EU related standards.