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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
According to the statement made by the Presidency’s Communications Directorate, issues that will improve Turkey-UK relations and regional issues, in particular developments in Afghanistan and migration, were discussed.
During the meeting, President Erdoğan said that Turkey’s current priority in Afghanistan is the evacuation of its citizens, and said that they can continue to take responsibility for ensuring the security of the airport in Afghanistan. Kabul if suitable conditions arise.
Stressing that a new wave of migration is inevitable if the necessary measures are not taken in Afghanistan and Iran, President Erdoğan stressed that before Afghan irregular migration turns into a crisis, everyone, especially the European countries, should sincerely take its responsibilities and the international community should come together on this issue.
Stating that Afghans should receive assistance on their own lands and in neighboring countries so that migration from Afghanistan does not cause further humanitarian tragedies, President Erdoğan said this migratory pressure can be reduced by increasing contributions funding of relevant United Nations agencies, in particular the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and playing a more active role.
MEETING WITH MICHEL
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a telephone conversation with Charles Michel, President of the Council of the European Union (EU).
According to the statement made by the Communications Directorate of the Presidency, during the meeting, issues that will improve Turkey-EU relations and regional issues, in particular developments in Afghanistan and the issue of migration, were discussed.
During the meeting, President Erdoğan expressed his satisfaction with the EU’s decision to include Turkey in the Covid-19 digital certificate.
President Erdoğan reiterated Turkey’s expectations for the resumption of EU membership negotiations, updating of the customs union and the implementation of the March 18 agreement as a whole, in particular visa liberalization.
Stating that the latest developments in Afghanistan reveal the importance of Turkey’s involvement in the European Union’s PESCO project in the field of defense and security, President Erdoğan said that Turkey’s current priority is the evacuation of its citizens in Afghanistan, as well as the achievement of lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Expressing that they are also responding to requests for support from many European countries for the evacuation, President Erdoğan drew attention to the extraordinary efforts of the Turkish military to ensure order in Afghanistan and the proper functioning of the Kabul airport.
Stating that they want a smooth transition in Afghanistan, President Erdoğan said that if the necessary measures are not taken, the pressure on immigrants from Afghanistan will increase and this will pose a serious challenge for all countries.
Expressing that the EU should help the Afghan people in Afghanistan and neighboring countries, especially Iran, President Erdoğan stressed that Turkey, which currently hosts 5 million refugees, cannot bear the additional burden of the migration.
Claiming to have received an application to admit local staff working for the EU mission in Afghanistan in Turkey, President Erdoğan said member states are only opening their doors to a small portion of the people who have served them and are in a difficult situation; He said the problem cannot be overcome with such symbolic measures and that Turkey cannot be expected to assume the international responsibilities of third countries.
Bearing in mind that Turkey is a candidate country, President Erdoğan stressed the need to establish comprehensive, contained and sincere cooperation.
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