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The Turkish President discussed the situation in Afghanistan with the Greek Prime Minister

The Turkish President discussed the situation in Afghanistan with the Greek Prime Minister

Afghan migrants rest while waiting for transport by smugglers after crossing the Iran-Turkish border on August 15, 2021 in Tatvan, on the western shores of Lake Van, eastern Turkey. - The latest chaos in Afghanistan sparked by the recent gains of territory by the Taliban including the takeover of the capital Kabul has raised fresh alarm over an influx of migrants into Turkey through the Iranian border. Turkey, which shares a 534 kilometre (331 miles) border with Iran, has beefed up its frontier and started building a 243 kilometre wall in a bid to prevent any passage of illegal migrants.?(Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Mezotakisto exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan, regional issues and bilateral relations by telephone.

In a statement, the press office of the Turkish presidential palace said Erdogan had said during the talks that Afghanistan had entered a critical period and hoped for a “soft” transition.

The new Government should be inclusive and representative, reflecting the diversity of the Afghan people. Erdogan believes the EU should help the Afghan people in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. Otherwise, a new wave of migrants will be inevitable. Erdogan stressed that cooperation in combating illegal immigration should be strengthened on the basis of mutual understanding and respect for the interests of all parties.

Mizotakis also believes that there is a need to strengthen support for Afghanistan’s neighbours in order to solve the migration problem in the near term.

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