The UN Secretary-General and the Turkish President stated that their common goal is to end the war in Ukraine as soon as possible.

The UN reported that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the urgent need for “effective access through humanitarian corridors” for the evacuation of Ukrainian civilians and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the war-affected population.

Guterres met with Erdogan in Ankara on Monday and expressed support for Turkey’s ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the war, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding that they “agreed to stay in touch to implement ongoing initiatives.”

The UN chief and the Turkish president “confirmed that their common goal is to end the war as soon as possible and create conditions for ending the suffering of the civilian population,” Dujarric said.

During the meeting, Erdogan also said that Turkey will continue to work closely with the UN to put an end to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and help evacuate civilians.