President Erdoğan, President Steinmeier of Germany talk over phone

President Erdoğan, President Steinmeier of Germany talk over phone

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke by phone with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany.

Bilateral relations between Türkiye and Germany as well as regional matters, Afghanistan and migration issue in particular, were discussed during the call.

President Erdoğan thanked President Steinmeier for his kind remarks about the Turkish community in Germany and Türkiye during a panel, held last Friday on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Türkiye-Germany Labour Agreement.

Noting the praiseworthy solidarity and coordination between Türkiye and Germany as NATO allies during the evacuation process from Afghanistan, President Erdoğan stated that the same spirit should be maintained during this critical period Afghanistan was going through.

Touching upon the delivery of the necessary humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan by the UN and other aid organisations, President Erdoğan said that nobody would want another experience similar to the Syrian migrant wave of 2015, and that Germany and the European Union should support the neighbouring countries that shoulder the burden of the Afghan migrants.

Pointing out that some European countries reduced the issue to merely border security, President Erdoğan underscored that Türkiye did not have the capacity to shoulder a new burden of migration.

Voicing Türkiye’s rightful expectation that the 18 March Agreement be implemented in all aspects, President Erdoğan said that the European Union should swiftly take steps on such issues as restarting the accession negotiations, updating the Customs Union, and granting visa liberalisation to Turkish citizens.