Greek, Turkish Coast Guards Vow to ‘Strengthen Cooperation’

The heads of the Greek and Turkish Coast Guards met in Piraeus on Friday to strengthen cooperation in tackling the migration flows in the Aegean Sea.

The meeting between Turkey’s Ahmet Kendir and Greece’s Stamatis Raptis took place at the Hellenic Coast Guard headquarters.

In a joint statement, both sides “confirmed that very constructive and fruitful results were reached.”

The two also exchanged views on research and rescue operations, Greek National News Agency AMNA reported. The two also agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation, the agency wrote.

Turkey has been the main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011, when the Syrian civil war began, with many trying to reach Greek islands through Turkey’s Aegean.