Common stance on refugee pressure

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In a half-hour telephone conversation on Friday between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan there was a consensus that the two countries face the same challenge regarding the refugee pressures that may arise from recent developments in Afghanistan.

Mitsotakis and Erdogan agreed that the countries in Afghanistan’s immediate neighborhood should be supported so that the Afghans stay as close as possible to their homes, while Athens and Ankara have both insisted that they cannot afford to carry any additional refugee weight.

The two leaders also discussed the recent fires in Greece and Turkey as well as climate change, with the environment being identified as an area in which there can be bilateral cooperation.

Prior to the call, government sources had pointed out that “Athens considers that contact with Turkey is necessary, as the wider region, and especially the two countries, may be affected by new refugee…

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