Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov will meet on August 26 in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim, who requested the meeting.
At the meeting, the leaders of the two neighbouring countries will discuss the migrant crisis, a day before Borissov travels to Berlin for talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel.
While some Bulgarian media reports have suggested that Borissov will be acting as a go-between between Turkey and the EU, a transcript of the Bulgarian Cabinet meeting on August 24 showed him as again being extremely critical of the EU in regard to the migrant crisis.
“The lack of prospects for the solving the migrant crisis in the EU makes us look for a partnership with Turkey,” Borissov told the Cabinet.
He said that Bulgaria had returned to Turkey more than 26 000 migrants who had entered Bulgaria illegally – though the official figure for such returns was 24. “I do not see prospects in Europe for solving the migrant wave issue. I see how each member state saves on its own,” Borissov said.
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