Bulgaria: Borissov contacts Erdogan on the refugee issue

Bulgaria: Borissov contacts Erdogan on the refugee issue

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had a phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two men discussed the situation in Syria and the situation with the immigrants. During their talks it was clarified that at present there was no immediate threat to Bulgaria. Prime Minister Borissov and President Erdogan agreed to meet on Monday.

Boyko Borissov noted that Bulgaria highly appreciates Turkey’s contribution to the migration issue and understands the enormous difficulties the neighboring country has faced for years. The Bulgarian Prime Minister said that in this case neither Turkey nor any other country should be left alone and should be supported. The Bulgarian Prime Minister expressed his conviction that Bulgaria and Turkey would continue to work together to deal with the crisis in Syria and to halt the flow and pressure of immigrants. The Bulgarian Prime Minister expressed his deep condolences for the Turkish soldiers that were killed in the Syrian province of Idlib. Borissov stressed that there is only one way out of the crisis in Syria – a peaceful political solution.

Boyko Borissov described the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement as a key element. According to the Bulgarian Prime Minister, it is extremely important for the European Union to have a single position on immigration. Borissov said he would brief President Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Council Charles Michel and EU leaders on his discussion with President Erdogan and call on the EU to address the diplomatic crisis even more seriously. /ibna