Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said at a press conference that Turkey’s head of diplomacy offered assistance in the case of illegal migration of Arab citizens from Belarus. He added that aid would mean cooperation between intelligence services, joint identification of threats and metastasis channels.
After talking to the head of Turkish diplomacy Mevlut Cavusoglu, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that economic relations with Turkey were very good, mutual trade last year amounted to six billion euros and expressed hope that it would soon be possible to reach eight billion euros. – Turkey is our most important economic partner in the Middle East – said Rau.
Among the areas of cooperation with Turkey, he mentioned security, the fight against terrorism, trade, migration and tourism.
Rau: The head of Turkish diplomacy offered to help
– I raised the issue of the problems related to illegal, uncontrolled emigration to our countries from Belarus, I also asked my Turkish colleague to pay more attention to the practice that has been going on for several months, which is related to attempts by migrants arriving to Minsk to cross our eastern border via various routes, also those who most frequently use transfers in Istanbul – said the head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
– The minister, referring to these practices of traveling, inspired by Belarusian representatives and citizens of various Arab countries through Istanbul to Minsk, offered comprehensive assistance, which in the short term will be limited to the cooperation of our interviews, sharing information, joint identification of threat sites and channels of transfer added Rau.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey on cooperation on illegal migration
Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a joint press conference with Rau, emphasized the importance of 600 years of Turkey’s relationship with Poland and thanked, inter alia, for the help of Polish firefighters in the fight against fires in this country. He defined Poland as a strategic partner.
Cavusoglu drew attention to the mutual increasing trade turnover, and named as a target the amount of trade in the order of USD 10 billion. Among the purposes of his visit, he also mentioned talks between Polish and Turkish entrepreneurs.
Referring to the issue of illegal migration of Arab nationals from Belarus to Poland, he declared Turkey’s assistance in this matter. He informed that an invitation would be sent to the head of the Polish Ministry of Interior and Administration to visit Turkey to consult on further actions.
– We are ready to work together on this problem, and I also share my experiences – both with Poland and Lithuania – added the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.
Cavusoglu noted that the fight against smuggling networks is also important in this context. He said that during the nine months of this year, Turkish airlines flew 600 Iraqi citizens mainly to Minsk, half of them returned to Turkey.
A state of emergency on the border with Belarus
From September 2, in the border zone with Belarus – in 183 towns of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships – a state of emergency has been in force. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. On October 1, the president signed an ordinance extending the state of emergency for another 60 days after prior approval by the Sejm.
There are numerous restrictions in the area under the state of emergency. Journalists have no access there.
Government officials justified the need to introduce a state of emergency with the fact that Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime is waging a hybrid war using migrants and the Russian Zapad military exercises, the active part of which lasted from 10 to 16 September.
Main photo source: PAP / Paweł Supernak