Europe has failed to properly recognise its own interests as far as Turkey is concerned in connection with migration, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said at the 12th Security Conference in Istanbul. Turkey has a crucial role to play because as the first safe country outside the European Union it caters for more than 3 million Syrian refugees on its territory, Gergely Gulyás told a roundtable discussion focusing on migration, refugees and the protection of the EU’s external borders. Turkey has this way guaranteed to harbour people who have left their homes, Gulyás said. Once circumstances that forced them to leave cease to exist, they will return to their homeland and participate in rebuilding their countries, he added. This is why Europe’s interests lie in a strong and stable Turkey, Gulyás said.
On the event’s sidelines, Gulyás held talks with Mehmet Uçum, legal advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Ekrem İmamoğlu, Istanbul’s newly elected mayor.