Vice President of the European Union Commission Margaritis Schinas visited Turkey late Thursday to hold talks on migration administration the following day with Turkish officials.
The EU delegation to Turkey in a prepared statement elaborated that Schinas will “convey the message that migration management is a shared responsibility and joint priority both of those for the European Union and for Turkey.”
Schinas held talks with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Thursday, fulfilled Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Friday and is expected to meet Vice President Fuat Oktay.
“We reviewed with Schinas irregular migration difficulties in our region, which include in Belarus,” Çavuşoğlu reported on Twitter.
“Migration management is a shared duty and joint priority equally for the European Union and for Turkey. We get the job done correctly in the framework of our overall cooperation on migration. Now we also need to have to address new hybrid threats, such as point out-sponsored human smuggling,” Schinas claimed ahead of his visit.
“I am coming to Ankara these days to thank the Turkish authorities for the modern steps to halt the abuse of determined migrants by smuggling networks, and to further more strengthen our general cooperation on migration and protection,” he included.
The stop by comes as tensions have flared at the Poland-Belarus border in recent times, with about 2,000 people trapped among the forces from the two international locations. On Tuesday, some of the migrants experienced thrown stones at the Polish troops, who responded with tear fuel and water cannons.
The EU has accused Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko of making use of the migrants as pawns to destabilize the 27-nation bloc in retaliation for its sanctions on his authoritarian routine. Belarus denies engineering the disaster, which has found migrants coming into the country considering that summer months and then making an attempt to cross into Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.