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Greece’s National Security Council decides to expand Evros fence

Greece’s top Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) decided on Tuesday evening to expand the fence along the Evros river, the natural border with Turkey, and to enhance patrols with all available means.

Chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the meeting focused on the pressure Greece faces at its land and sea borders.

At the meeting that lasted 2.5 hours, participants decided to gradually expand the fence barrier along the entire length of the Evros border with Turkey.

Related ministries and the National Defense General Staff will prioritize which sections of the fence should be built first, through a bidding process.

They also decided to upgrade and enforce patrolling in order to prevent illegal entries by migrants into the country.

The extension of the fence by around 80 km had been announced by Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis last Friday.

Members of the council include several ministers, including of foreign affairs, national defense, citizen protection, migration & asylum, shipping, climate crisis & civil protection, as well as the intelligence service chief, the national defense chief, and others.

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