EU commits to continue its engagement for refugees in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (C), EC Vice President Margaritis Schinas (L) and Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on 6 December.

European Commission’s Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson held a constructive round of talks with the Turkish authorities on 6 December in Ankara, EC press service reported.

The EU delegation was received by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Vice-President Fuat Oktay, Minister of the Interior Suleyman Soylu, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs, Faruk Kaymakc .

Turkey is hosting the largest refugee population in the world. Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Johansson reiterated their steadfast commitment to delivering the already committed support under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The visit was an occasion to show concretely that the EU is committed to continuing its engagement and cooperation with Turkey as a candidate country, as a key strategic partner and neighbour. The start of the new political cycle in the EU is an occasion to renew that commitment, and the visit, which took place in the first week of the new Commission taking office, is testament to this, the statement said.

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