Tsipras, Erdogan Express Commitment to EU-Turkey Migration Deal

© REUTERS / Kayhan Ozer/Presidential PalaceTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan (L) chats with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd R), U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (2nd L) during the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, May 23, 2016
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (L) chats with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd R), U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (2nd L) during the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, May 23, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, during which they expressed their commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement on refugees, Greek media reported.

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ATHENS (Sputnik) — According to Erdogan, the implementation of the agreement depends on the Greece-Turkey relations, and the efforts, taken by Ankara, have led to a drop in migrant outflow from Turkey from about 5,000-7,000 refugees per day in summer 2015 to about 150 now, the Athens News Agency said.

According to the media outlet, the two sides agreed that these efforts should be continued.

During the meeting, which took place on Wednesday, the Greek side said it supported Ankara over the issue of visas liberalization between the European Union and Turkey under the condition of implementation of all the criteria set by Brussels.

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Europe is struggling to find a solution to a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014.

In March, the European Union and Turkey agreed on a deal, under which Ankara pledged to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory. In exchange, Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey would be relocated to the bloc on a one-for-one basis.

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