KYIV (QHA) -

Among the main priorities of Turkey in cooperation with Ukraine is the issue of the situation of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu said, a QHA correspondent reports.

“Crimean Tatars in Crimea stay among our top priorities, as well as the preservation of their identity and the protection of their rights. We will continue close cooperation with my counterpart on this issue. We will continue to monitor the implementation of the protection of the rights of our brothers, and it is our responsibility to protect their rights. But our task is also the support of the Crimean Tatars, regardless of where they live. We provide support for the Crimean Tatars who were forced to leave the Crimea, and moved to mainland Ukraine. Turkey helps them in the economic and cultural issues, as well as housing construction. Of course, this is all done with the support of the Government of Ukraine,” he said.

The two-day visit of the Turkish Minister to Ukraine is timed to the 25th Anniversary of the Diplomatic relations establishment between Ukraine and Turkey, as well as on the occasion of the fifth meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Group. Negotiations are also held as a preparatory stage for the meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council between Ukraine and Turkey.

Earlier QHA reported that the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also met with representatives of the Crimean Tatar people - Presidential Commissioner of Ukraine for the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and People's Deputy, the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov. Moreover Cavusoglu held a meeting with the Head of the World Association of Meskhetian Turks in Ukraine Marat Rasulov and spoke to President of Gagauz Union in Ukraine Vasil Keloglo and members of his delegation on situation of the people representatives in Ukraine. The visit also includes meetings with the Head of the Special OSCE Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

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