EU-Turkey leaders’ meeting, 9 March 2020

Publication Date 09/03/2020
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A meeting between Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen was held on 9 March 2020.

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The meeting focused on bilateral relations, on the implementation of the 2016 EU-Turkey Statement relating to migration and on the latest developments in the unfolding conflict in Syria.

Both sides decided to work on clarifying the implementation of the deal between between Turkey and the European Union (EU), aiming to ensure uniform interpretation of the agreement. Leaders also discussed security issues in Syria - the EU stated its support to any political solution which is able to introduce greater stability, and expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Idlib and on the border between Turkey and Syria.

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European Council: Remarks by President Charles Michel before EU leaders' meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (9 March 2020)
European Council: Remarks by President Charles Michel after the meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Brussels (9 March 2020)
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following their meeting with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (9 March 2020)

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