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Belgium: 'We feel for the Turkish people' - Merkel responds to Ankara attack02:08

Belgium: 'We feel for the Turkish people' - Merkel responds to Ankara attack

Belgium, Brussels
February 18, 2016 at 16:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

The heads of states of several European nations, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and French President Francois Hollande, arrived at the headquarters of the European Council in Brussels, Thursday, ahead of crucial talks between EU leaders.

Responding to Wednesday evening's apparent terror attack in Ankara where a military convoy was targeted by a large explosion, leaving 28 people dead and 61 injured, Merkel said she and Germany as a whole "feel for the Turkish people."

"I have had telephone calls with both the Turkish Prime Minister and the Turkish President, and offered my condolences on behalf of Germany’s citizens," she added.

On the agenda for discussion at the two-day session are the refugee crisis and the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. Regarding negotiations on the latter issue, Hollande told reporters: "An agreement is possible because it is necessary that the UK remains inside the European Union; that’s my wish. But at the same time, it’s important that the Union advances further."

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The heads of states of several European nations, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and French President Francois Hollande, arrived at the headquarters of the European Council in Brussels, Thursday, ahead of crucial talks between EU leaders.

Responding to Wednesday evening's apparent terror attack in Ankara where a military convoy was targeted by a large explosion, leaving 28 people dead and 61 injured, Merkel said she and Germany as a whole "feel for the Turkish people."

"I have had telephone calls with both the Turkish Prime Minister and the Turkish President, and offered my condolences on behalf of Germany’s citizens," she added.

On the agenda for discussion at the two-day session are the refugee crisis and the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. Regarding negotiations on the latter issue, Hollande told reporters: "An agreement is possible because it is necessary that the UK remains inside the European Union; that’s my wish. But at the same time, it’s important that the Union advances further."

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