Greece and Turkey reaffirm deal on migrants

Greece and Turkey reaffirm deal on migrants

Turkey has reaffirmed an agreement with Greece to take back migrants attempting to reach the European Union – a key condition set by EU leaders for a landmark deal with Turkey to tackle the migrant crisis.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmed Davutoglu, in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir on Tuesday, a day after the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels.

“We have decided to intensify our cooperation and to re-affirm the bilateral agreement. That is very important,” Tsipras said.

Davutoglu said the improved cooperation could “reduce the dramatic scenes seen in the Aegean Sea to a minimum.”

More than 130,000 migrants and refugees have traveled to the Greek islands from the Turkish coast so far this year.

The two countries also signed a series of cooperation agreements to further integrate highway, rail and maritime transport networks.


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