Greek Officials, German Specialists on Migration Meet in Athens

Αssociated Press

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ATHENS - Greek officials met on Wednesday in Athens with a delegation of German specialists on issues of migration, to share experiences and find ways of collaborating.

According to a Citizen Protection Ministry statement, the talks built on a recent meeting between Giorgos Koumoutsakos, alternate minister for Migration Policy, and Jan Hecker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's advisor on Foreign Policy.

The meeting on Wednesday was also held ahead of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' upcoming visit to Berlin.

According to the statement, the focus of the meeting was the process of receiving migrants from non-EU countries, examining their requests for asylum in Greece and returning those who do not qualify.

It also quoted Koumoutsakos as saying that "the deepening of Athens and Berlin's collaboration in migration/refugee issues and the exchange of know-how confirm our commitment to working closely with our European partners." He added that "in these turbulent times, highlighting the European aspect of the issue and the joint political interventions needed is a priority for Greece."