'EU should support Turkey for hosting over 4M refugees'
Josep Borrell says illegal immigration stopped, many lives were saved thanks to EU-Turkey refugee deal
Josep Borrell made the remarks after visiting the command center of Operation Irini, the EU initiative to implement a UN arms embargo on Libya.
“This agreement is still valid and its implementation should continue,” he added.
Most of the EU funding under this agreement goes directly to immigrants, not the Turkish government, he noted.
Earlier in the day, Borrell met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and held a press conference.
“On Turkey, also we have a momentum, a good momentum, following their exploratory talks with Greece,” Borrell said.
“I will present a report to the European Union leaders, where I will outline current trends and suggest a way ahead to consolidate a constructive attitude, while at the same time being ready to take measures if necessary,” he stressed.
Turkey hosts nearly 4 million refugees, more than any other country in the world. Ankara says it has so far spent more than $40 billion from its own resources for the refugees and has stressed that the EU should do more to share the burden.