The leaders of Germany, France and other European Union countries will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu prior to the start of the February 18 European Council summit to discuss the migration crisis.
European government officials are concerned over the fueling of the refugee crisis because of Russian bombing in Syria.
More than 30,000 Syrian refugees have piled up at Turkey’s southern borders and the European Union wants Turkey to grant them refuge.
The meeting will take place this Thursday and will involve 11 EU member states, said an EU representative.
The upcoming European Council summit will have as its primary theme the management of the refugee crisis, while most European governments seem to agree by now that there must be a common European solution to the problem.
This is also Germany’s own position on the matter, with the head of the German government press, Steffen Seibert, saying today that protecting the Schengen area is of the utmost importance for the future of the European Union.
He added that a European solution to the refugee crisis confronting the continent must be found without affecting adversely any single member state.
It is widely believed that Seibert had Greece in mind when he made the latter remark.