Foreign ministry: Greece expresses its full solidarity and support to Spain

Foreign ministry: Greece expresses its full solidarity and support to Spain

Greece expresses its full solidarity and support to Spain, which has been facing massive arrivals of migrants from third countries over the last days, as a frontline country in dealing with migration and refugees, according to a foreign ministry announcement on Wednesday.

"As the Greek side has repeatedly stressed, the external borders of the EU member-states are European borders," the announcement said and added: "Dealing with the migrant-refugee issue is not a challenge only for the frontline countries. It is a challenge for all the EU member-states. We call on the EU to offer its support to Spain in dealing with the situation."

The foreign ministry also stressed the need to conclude the negotiations on the Asylum and Migration Pact, on the basis of a balanced approach to the responsibility of the member-states at the external borders of the EU and the solidarity that the other member states must actively show.

"Finally, it is emphasised once again that migration should not be instrumentalised in order to achieve political ends," the announcement concluded.

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Wednesday spoke on the phone with the Foreign Minister of Spain Aranch Gonzalez Laya. Their discussion focused on the regional developments and the migration issue, said a foreign ministry post on Twitter.

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