Ahead of the March European Council, President von der Leyen and President Michel had a videoconference on 19 March 2021 with President Erdoğan of the Republic of Turkey.
They discussed the follow up to the December European Council, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the state of play of EU-Turkey relations.
The EU side underlined the importance of sustained de-escalation and of further strengthening confidence building to allow for a more positive EU-Turkey agenda.
The Presidents also exchanged views on the situation of Syrian refugees hosted in Turkey, as well as the wider regional situation including Libya and Syria.
They also discussed a possible visit to Turkey following the March European Council.