ZAGREB, February 19, 2019 – Croatian Interior Minister Davor Božinović arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday to attend the 6th ministerial conference within the Budapest Process, which was launched 25 years ago to identify and address evolving migration challenges.
“I will have an opportunity to talk with a number of key interlocutors from the countries that are sources of migration and countries lying on migrant routes. This is part of our ongoing diplomatic activities, because Croatia, which guards the longest European border, is very interested in dialogue with all those involved in migration-related issues,” Božinović told Hina.
The two-day conference has brought together officials from more than 50 countries from Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as representatives of over 15 organisations.
The conference is an opportunity for Croatia to confirm that it is a country active in political dialogue and operational implementation of the policies aimed at boosting cooperation in efforts to curb illegal migration, people smuggling and other trans-national security challenges such as organised crime and terrorism, Minister Božinović said.
“Over the last 25 years, the Budapest Process has become recognised by participating states both in East and West as well as further stakeholders, as an excellent tool for identifying and addressing evolving migration challenges,” the forum’s official website says.
On Wednesday, the Croatian interior minister is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Hungary, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Greece.
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