Turkey urges EU to fulfill pledges to tackle EU migrants issue

The EU must fulfill pledges to offer Turkey 3 billion euros a year and visa-free travel for Turks in return for cooperation to stem the flow of migrants, Ankara’s ambassador in Brussels said Friday.

The European Union must also break the stalemate in negotiations for Turkey to join the 28-nation bloc and resume inviting Turkish leaders to EU summits in order to seal a cooperation deal, Ambassador Selim Yenel said. “It is only operational if the EU delivers on its pledges, the four pledges that they gave,” Yenel said in an interview with AFP in his Brussels office.

He appeared to suggest it could take months before this happens. Just hours after the EU announced with great fanfare last week it had reached a refugee cooperation deal with Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other officials swiftly dampened expectations.

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