Turkey’s Grand National Assembly Speaker Mustafa Şentop said, “Especially with the Russian-Ukrainian war, it was understood that the problem of migration is not a problem of some geographical areas, but a problem that can arise anywhere in the world.” He said.
Sentop met with the Speaker of the Bulgarian Parliament, Vegdi Rashidov, at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. After the meeting between the two delegations, entop and Raşidov spoke at the joint press conference.
Mustafa Şentop stated that they are very honored that Rashidov was elected Speaker of the Parliament for the first time in the history of Bulgaria as a person of Turkish origin, and that he made his first bilateral official visit to Turkey. Şentop also expressed his personal happiness as a Turk of Balkan descent.
Expressing that Rashidov’s election to the post of Speaker of Parliament provides an important opportunity for both countries to develop closer relations, Sentop said: “I sincerely believe that this will continue,” he said.
Owentob emphasized that during their fruitful consultations, they affirmed their desire to improve relations between the two countries in every field by making the best use of the opportunities offered by parliamentary diplomacy, and said:
In this context, we exchanged honest and cordial views on our duties as Parliament Speakers and Parliamentarians and what we can do. We are very pleased that our relations with Bulgaria, our friend, neighbor and ally, have recently followed a positive trajectory. There is a high potential with which we can develop cooperation in industry, tourism, education, culture and many other areas, especially in the economy and trade. On the other hand, the growing closeness of our peoples plays an important role in neighborhood relations.
Owentop emphasized that the common values such as geography, history and culture that they share with Bulgaria are a strong factor and opportunity, and that similar Turkish companies in Bulgaria play an important role in ensuring this rapprochement. Noting that it is increasingly necessary to strengthen cooperation and solidarity between the two neighboring countries at a time when they face many important regional and global challenges, Şentop said: “We consider that the close relations between the two countries will greatly contribute to the development of peace, stability and prosperity in our region, especially in the Balkans.” Use phrases.
– “I feel Europe is ready for that now”
Rashidov stated that relations between Turkey and Bulgaria have developed at a better level than ever in the past 14 to 15 years, and that very important agreements have been signed between the two countries at the level of ministries.
Turning to the issue of immigration, Rushdov noted that this issue is very important for Europe, Bulgaria and Turkey. Rashidov continued his words as follows:
We know that Turkey provides care for nearly 4 million refugees in Turkey. The safest border since the recent migration events emerged is the border between Bulgaria and Turkey. Exceptional events cannot be considered migratory flows.
In order to solve the migration problem as a whole, we need to gather around the round table and seek a common solution. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every day on the food and health needs of refugees. While this is a human situation, it also poses a serious problem. When we are all gathered around a table, we will be able to address other issues such as visas. I feel Europe is now ready for that. I think Turkey, which has had a very successful diploma during the wars around it, is also ready for this.
– Immigration meeting message from Şentop
After Rashidov’s words, Şentop stressed that migration is a global and big problem, and that this issue, which previously seemed only a problem for neighboring countries, which was the source of migration, gradually began to be understood as a global problem.
“Especially with the Russo-Ukrainian war, it was understood that the problem of migration is not a problem in some geographical areas, but a problem that can arise anywhere in the world.” Şentop said:
“We see that migration from Ukraine creates a migration problem first in neighboring countries and then in the whole of Europe. I think this new situation provides some opportunities for European countries to wake up and try to understand the migration problem that they see far from them. We, as Turkey, said that it is not right to focus on this The problem is only on certain countries and that there should be global solutions. In cooperation with Turkey and Bulgaria, we believe it would be useful to organize a meeting on migration, in which the parliaments of European countries would participate. We will do it as soon as possible. “
After the meeting, President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Şentop and his guest counterpart left carnations in the Hall of Honor, which was damaged by bombs dropped during the attempted coup against FETO on 15 July.
Sentop and Rashidov later visited the General Assembly of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.
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