Erdogan, Merkel speak over the phone about counter-terrorism

Erdogan, Merkel speak over the phone about counter-terrorism

On Thursday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel  spoke over the phone and talked of bilateral and Turkey-EU ties, regional issues and the common wish of dialogue acceleration and the co-operation between them.

Diplomatic sources that spoke to Anadolu said that Turkey’s head “congratulated Merkel for being re-elected to a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor.”

Apart from issues concerning their countries, the two leaders want to further work together on fighting terrorism and according to the Turkish news agency, “They vowed to collaborate in the fight against illegal migration and on refugee issues.”

Erdogan and Merkel see the EU-Turkey Summit which will take place on March 26 in Varna, Bulgaria as especially important.

Senior European officials and specialists on EU-Turkey relations, believe that the matters the two politicians discussed will also take centre stage during the Varna Summit, which is highly expected from both sides. “Regional and international issues, including global foreign policy, security, fight against terrorism, the Middle East, Africa and Russia are expected to be discussed during the summit”, Anadolu reads…/ IBNA

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