Budapest Process Senior Officials Meeting was held under the presidency of Mr. Abdullah AYAZ, our Deputy Director General.
In the meeting which was held in Istanbul on 27-28 November 2017 within the framework of the preparations of the Ministerial Conference foreseen to be held in October 2018 in our country, the representatives of 34 countries, representatives of the European Commission, European External Action Service (EEAS), Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD),  International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) participated.
The opening speeches of the meeting were made by Mr. Abdullah AYAZ, Deputy Director General of Migration Management and Mr. Mehmet SANSAR, Director General for Consular Affairs, who hold the presidency of the process on behalf of our country; Mr. Gabor TOTHİ, Co-President, Head of European Cooperation Department of Ministry of Interior, on behalf of Hungary; Mr. Michael SPİNDELEGGER, Director General of ICMPD; and Mr. Silvena PESTA, Head of International Coordination Unit of European Commission.
Mr. Abdullah AYAZ, our Deputy Director General, expressed that the protection of refugees and migrants is a binding obligation for each country by emphasizing that we are the country that hosts the most refugees in the world.
            Mr. Abdullah AYAZ, who continued his speech by expressing that the issue of migration should be dealt with international cooperation and solidarity, stated that increasing border controls did not prevent the irregular migration flows and stressed the importance of sharing burden and responsibility in this sense.
            As for an effective migration management, he said that a common, comprehensive, sustainable and long-lasting strategy based on solidarity and mutual trust should be established.
            Mr. Abdullah AYAZ said: "In this sense, ‘Call for Action’ foreseen to be published at the Budapest Process Ministers Conference which is scheduled to be held next year, will present long-term solutions in closer cooperation with origin, transit and target countries, by presenting a strong political will.”
            The meeting ended with a family photo after the contribution of the participating countries presenting their opinions on draft ministerial declaration (Call for Action) proposed by our country, which is supposed to be published by making terms at the 2018 Ministerial Conference.
            The next preparatory meeting of the Ministerial Conference will be held in March 2018.

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