Turkish FM discusses irregular migration with Lithuanian counterpart

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu discussed the issue of tackling irregular migration during his meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis in the capital Ankara on Tuesday.

The meeting marked the third time the two ministers have met last month.

“Our contacts are increasing and our relations are strengthening,” he added.

Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers wishing to enter Europe to start a new life, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

At their meeting last week, Çavuşoğlu said Turkey was ready to support Lithuania regarding the influx of migrants from Belarus.

Lithuania recently declared a state of emergency due to an influx of migrants in recent days from neighboring Belarus.

Turkey hosts some 4 million Syrian refugees and has spent over $ 40 billion (TL 345 billion) to provide basic services.

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