Greece, Turkey share common perspective on migrant crisis, says Davutoglu


Turkey shares a common perspective with Greece on the need to share the burden of the migration crisis and the two countries have agreed a legal framework for combatting illegal migration, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday.

“Turkey and Greece are giving a common answer to those in Europe who have the attitude that Greece and Turkey should deal with the crisis on their own,” Davutoglu told a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart in Turkey's Aegean coastal city of Izmir.

He also said a resolution of the division of the island of Cyprus was close. Cyprus has been split along ethnic lines since 1974. The EU considers the Greek Cypriot government in Nicosia to represent the whole island, while Ankara recognizes a breakaway Turkish Cypriot administration in the north.