The Prime Minister spoke to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras this afternoon to discuss the implementation of the recent EU-Turkey agreement.
The Prime Minister welcomed the start the Greek authorities had made to returning migrants to Turkey under the agreement, and reiterated the importance of breaking the link between people making the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean and securing settlement in Europe. Prime Minister Tsipras said that the flow of migrants had reduced substantially, and expressed gratitude for the UK contribution of personnel and expertise to help implement the agreement.
The Prime Minister confirmed that additional UK personnel would be offered to Greece over the coming weeks to provide additional support. The conversation also touched on the continuing negotiations between Greece, the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the first review of Greece’s programme, and agreed that it was in the interests of all parties to bring this to a timely conclusion.