Turkish FM meets EU foreign policy chief for talks in New York

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held talks with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at the side lines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting on Thursday.

In a social media post afterwards, Çavuşoğlu said the pair had discussed the situation in Afghanistan, the eastern Mediterranean, and Turkey’s relations with the European Union.

The “EU must cooperate (with) Turkey for international and regional stability”, he added.

The withdrawal of U.S.-led forces from Afghanistan since May has seen a rising number of people crossing Turkey’s borders to seek refuge or travel onwards into the EU.

In 2016, Turkey and the EU signed a controversial deal to stop Syrian refugees crossing into Europe. But Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted there will be no similar agreement over the Afghan crisis.  

Borrell echoed Çavuşoğlu’s sentiments on social media. “Close cooperation and coordination is key,” he said.  

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