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German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Berlin.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, underlined that they had had many meetings with Turkey in recent days and said: “I met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the last time yesterday. The climate, the customs union and the agreement on migration will be discussed at the EU summit.
Referring to the Syrian refugees who have been in Turkey for almost 10 years, von der Leyen said: “The important thing here is that we support Turkey. There are 3.7 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. The people there have to have perspective. It is important to us. “I will raise this issue in the Council,” he said.
Ursula von der Leyen also said they were concerned about the Delta variant of the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19).
Pointing out that the delta variant is a dominant variant, von der Leyen said the good part is that vaccines based on mRNA technology and the AstraZeneca vaccine can also provide protection against this variant.
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Emphasizing that Turkey is hosting a large number of refugees, Merkel said: “The agreement is important and should be developed further. Turkey is doing a fantastic job welcoming 3.7 million Syrian refugees. Turkey deserves our support, ”he said.
The German Chancellor also said that the issue of the customs union will also be discussed at the EU summit.
Merkel, when asked about the change of venue for the semi-finals and finals to be played in England in the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, said she hoped UEFA would make a decision on the matter. of responsibility, since Britain is a variant region, but still did not find fair that the stands were too full. .
German Chancellor Merkel added that she believes the British government will certainly take the necessary hygiene measures in this regard.
Leyen had a telephone conversation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday. During the meeting, Erdoğan said that Turkey has more than done its part in bilateral relations and that it is the EU’s turn to take concrete action.
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