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Monday, 07 March 2016 16:39

Turkey to curb refugee flow to Europe

Turkey to curb refugee flow to Europe
German and Dutch leaders have met with the Turkish prime minister ahead of the European Union (EU) summit on refugee crisis with Turkey saying it is now ready to act on controlling a flow of refugees to Europe.

According to the reGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country currently holds the European Union presidency, held a five-hour meeting with Turkey’s Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels on Monday.

The meeting was aimed at persuading Ankara to stop the flood of refugees who cross illegally from Turkey to Europe’s frontline states; Greece and Italy.

"I am sure these challenges will be solved through our cooperation and Turkey is ready to work with the EU," Davutoglu said.

Ankara, in return, raised the issue of its membership of the EU and demanded more than the €3bn (USD 3.3bn) aid pledged by the EU to help some 2.9 million Syrian refugees it hosts as well as an easing of visa restrictions.

"Turkey is ready to be a member of the EU as well. Today I hope this summit will not just focus on irregular migration but also the Turkish accession process to the EU," Davutoglu added.

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