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European Union Agrees Refugees Deal Position to Put to Turkey: Luxembourg PM

European Union Agrees Refugees Deal Position to Put to Turkey: Luxembourg PM
Fri Mar 18, 2016 17:08:32

European Union leaders have agreed a common position to put to Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a bid to curb the migration crisis, Luxembourg’s premier said at a Brussels summit early Friday.

“Agreement on EU position, @eucopresident will present it to Turkish Prime Minister before our EU Council tomorrow,” Xavier Bettel wrote on Twitter, referring to European Council President Donald Tusk.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel

A senior EU official said it was “not a deal but a common position” that would allow negotiations to move forward, adding that Tusk had “understood everyone’s red lines.”

Talks are due to take place later Friday between Tusk and Davutoglu on a possible accord that would include measures designed to stem the flow of migrants coming to Greece from Turkey.

In return, Turkey wants an acceleration of its bid for EU membership, visa free travel for Turks to the EU and a doubling of EU aid for refugees in Turkey, AFP reported.

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