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Pakistan, Turkey mull ways to control illegal migration

Pakistan, Turkey mull ways to control illegal migration
Turkish deputy interior minister meets Pakistani interior minister in Islamabad

By Aamir Latif

KARACHI, Pakistan (AA) - Turkey and Pakistan discussed on Tuesday ways to deal with the refugee crisis, as well as the influx of irregular migrants from neighboring states -- challenges facing both the governments.

Turkey's Deputy Interior Minister Ismail Gatalki met Pakistan's Interior Minister retired Brig. Ijaz Shah in the capital Islamabad along with a four-member delegation, a statement by the Interior Ministry said.

Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Ihsan Yurdakul was also present in the meeting.

Gatalki said that as the two brotherly nations faced similar issues, it was easier to expand cooperation between the governments, and enhance people-to-people contacts.

Ankara could learn from Islamabad in handling the matters in question, he added.

Shah, for his part, said his ministry had devised a system to keep a check on illegal migrants, which was "successfully working".

Turkey and Pakistan are home to the world's largest refugee population in the world. While the transcontinental country hosts over 3.6 million Syrian refugees, about 3 million Afghans live in the South Asian nation.

UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres on Monday urged the world to support Pakistan in its efforts to shelter Afghan refugees. He made the remarks during a two-day UN conference held in Islamabad.

source: News Feed
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