Greece needs EU help to protect external borders, minister says

Protecting Greece's borders requires the support of the European Union, the country's Citizens' Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos told 27 foreign ambassadors during a visit in the northeastern town of Alexandroupoli, where he briefed them about the Akritas plan to protect the border with Turkey at Evros.

"The security of European states and their citizens presupposes dealing with illegal immigration and protecting external borders here in Greece," Theodorikakos told the envoys.

"Our meeting here today sends a message of unity and solidarity and expresses our common will for effective protection of the European borders with Turkey, for the implementation of international law, and our determination for peace, stability and cooperation in the wider area of the Southern Mediterranean," he added.

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