€4.3m aid for Turkey approved

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The Latvian government on Friday approved sending €4.3 million financial aid to Turkey to help it deal with the ongoing refugee crisis, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis, who is the acting prime minister, told the press after a cabinet meeting.

A Foreign Ministry report on the EU-Turkey summit that Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma will attend on November 29 was presented and approved Latvia’s national position about giving €4.3 million aid to Turkey.

It is planned that Latvia will pay out the cash within two years. Kozlovskis presumed that the payment could be made in 2017.

The Latvian Finance Ministry’s parliamentary secretary, Arvils Aseradens, earlier told BNS it was possible for Latvia to make a four million euros contribution to help Turkey tackle the refugee crisis, if such a request is officially made by the European Commission.

According to the Latvian national position prepared by the Foreign Ministry for the EU-Turkey summit on November 29, Latvia appreciates Turkey’s key role and accomplishments in managing the migration crisis by admitting large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq.

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