Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he would not stop migrants trying to cross Turkey’s border into Greece despite EU pressure to do so, but he also announced a summit next week in Istanbul with European leaders to seek a solution to the problem.
According to the sources of Reuters, Tens of thousands of migrants have been trying to get into Greece, a European Union member state, since Turkey said on Feb. 28 it would no longer keep them on its territory as part of a 2016 deal with Brussels in return for EU aid for the refugees.
Greece has sent troops to the border area and used tear gas and water cannon against the migrants, but the pressure has continued. Greece said it stopped 963 illegal migrants in the 24 hours to 6 a.m. on Tuesday and arrested 52.
Both the European Union and Turkey have expressed a commitment to preserving the 2016 migrant deal during Monday’s “fruitful” visit of Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Brussels for a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
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Earlier in January, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Europe to support its work in Libya, where it is providing military support to the internationally-recognized government, if it wants to end the conflict there.
According to the details, Erdogan made his remarks in a column published on the Politico website on Saturday, ahead of a summit in Berlin on Sunday that will try to stabilize the country.