Turkish FM calls on EU to keep promises on immigration

ANKARA, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday called on the European Union to keep its promises on immigration, as Ankara did.

In a speech after a meeting with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, European Commissioner for Home Affairs and Immigration Dimitris Avramopoulos and French Ambassador to Turkey Charles Fries, Cavusoglu said that he discussed with European officials the issue of migration and his country’s relations with the EU.

The Turkish top diplomat pointed out his country “felt the desire of the EU to cooperate more properly with Turkey on the issue of migration,” stressing the need to look at the file from a humanitarian perspective and continue cooperation between Turkey and the EU in this context.

He dismissed as “baseless” Greece’s accusations against his country after a slight rise in the number of migrants to Greek islands.

On Thursday, Seehofer and Avramopoulos discussed with Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu the EU-Turkey agreement to prevent illegal immigration, signed in 2016.

Seehofer and Avramopoulos will travel to Athens later today to discuss issues related to illegal immigration with Greek officials.

The Greek coast is witnessing a sharp rise in the number of illegal immigrants coming from Turkey through the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, while the Turkish interior minister announced last Wednesday that his country have arrested 315,000 illegal immigrants since the beginning of 2019, expected to reach 400,000 by the end of this year.

On March 18, 2016, the EU and Turkey reached an agreement in the Belgian capital to prevent illegal immigration.

Source: Kuwait News Agency