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IntMin Carmen Dan meets Turkish counterpart at conference on migration, underscores the two countries cooperate very well in preventing and combating illegal migration in the Black Sea

Minister of Interior Carmen Dan discussed with her Turkish counterpart about aspects related to migration at a Conference held in Istanbul.

Minister Dan participated in the opening of the ministerial conference The Budapest Process, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, reads a release of the relevant ministry (MAI).

“The Conference was an opportunity to analyze trends regarding migration and mechanism for managing the migration flows on the “silk route,” respectively Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh,” reads the release.

Attending the event was also, as host, the President of the Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and other interior ministers from the EU and states participating in this mechanism.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Minister Dan had a meeting with the Turkish Minister of Interior, Suleyman Soylu, on which occasion they discussed aspects related to bilateral cooperation and also topics of interest the European Union, such as migration.

“At the meeting with the Turkish Minister of Interior, the Romanian official appreciated the efforts made by Turkey in managing migration crisis, in the context in which this country hosts more than 4 million refugees. Moreover, she underscored that Romania and Turkey cooperate very well in preventing and combating illegal migration in the Black Sea,” reads the same release.

Minister Dan reiterated Romania’s support for Turkey’s European aspirations and said the EU-Turkey relation is a strong one and dynamic, based on a mutual interest.

According to the MAI, the two ministers also approached other topics related to the collaboration between the two ministries, the Romanian and the Turkish one, and agreed to develop new cooperation instruments in emergency situations and training law enforcement. On this occasion, Minister Dan invited her Turkish counterpart to pay a visit to the Romanian Ministry of Interior in the next interval.

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