Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Tuesday that the country will join a trade deal with Turkey.

Duda told a news conference at the end of a visit to the southern city of Bielozow that the deal is “not a bad thing” and the two countries are “going to be partners for a long time”.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said last week that Poland and Turkey would begin negotiations on a trade agreement by the end.

The deal would bring Poland to the European Union from where it has been excluded since it was removed from the bloc in 2004.

Poland has been part of the European Free Trade Association since 2005 and has also been part in the EU-Turkey association since 2006.

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