Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the forum was one of the first and biggest international events during the pandemic and it was held under compliance with all health measures.
The alarmingly high number of deaths and disappearances on sea routes has renewed accusations that European countries are failing to help migrant and refugee boats in trouble.
Some 130 migrants bound for Europe are missing off the Libyan coast after a rubber boat reported it was in distress, independent rescue groups say.
The International Organization for Migration said the intercepted migrants are among the 4,500 people who have been brought back to Libya this year after attempting the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing to Europe.
As the Mediterranean Sea becomes increasingly warm, extreme tropical weather could displace millions, and with that, alter the geography of North African countries.
Italian authorities were not quick enough to respond to various distress calls from the sinking boat, and, as a result, failed to protect the 'right to life' of drowning migrants, UN rules.
Ankara and Athens held 60 rounds of talks between 2002 and 2016 that they broke off without making progress in a dispute that has lingered for much of the past century.
Frontex, Europe’s border security agency, faces questions over its complicity in violating the EU law.
Palestinian groups in Gaza launch rockets into the Mediterranean Sea at the start of what they called their "first-ever joint exercise."
At least 20 people have drowned in waters off Tunisia’s Sfax after a migrant boat capsized, with another 20 still missing.
A boat carrying 200 people sank a few hours after leaving a Senegal fishing town, marking the deadliest shipwreck recorded this year by the UN migration agency.
Lebanon and Israel have begun unprecedented talks sponsored by the UN and US to settle a maritime border dispute and clear the way for oil and gas exploration.
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