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Turkey, Germany, France, UK ‘meet’ online amid coronavirus outbreak

March 18, 2020 at 11:40 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) has a teleconference call with French President Emmanuel Macron in Ankara, Turkey on 17 March 2020 [Mustafa Kamacı/Anadolu Agency]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday held a video conference call with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, local media reported.

The summit discussed the developments in Syria, especially in Idlib, Turkish-European relations, Libyan developments, the refugee crisis as well as cooperation efforts to confront the coronavirus pandemic.

The summit was originally planned to take place in Istanbul, however it was held online as new measures are being taken to confront the spread of the coronavirus.

The Turkish president wrote on Twitter after the summit that the attendees “found opportunity to extensively evaluate many topics ranging from fight against coronavirus and the humanitarian situation in [Syria’s] Idlib, to solutions to Syria crisis, matter of asylum seekers and Turkey-EU relations at the summit.”

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“In this difficult process that we pass through at the regional and global level, we will operate diplomacy and cooperation mechanisms more actively, and we will resolutely continue our efforts to resolve problems as soon as possible,” he added.

Earlier, Turkey’s Hürriyet newspaper reported that the Turkish president will ask the European leaders to fulfil their commitments under the 2016 migrants deal.