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Belgium: Davutoglu arrives in Brussels to discuss EU-Turkey refugee deal02:36

Belgium: Davutoglu arrives in Brussels to discuss EU-Turkey refugee deal

Belgium, Brussels
March 18, 2016 at 09:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, Friday, ahead of crucial talks on a EU-Turkey deal to tackle the ongoing refugee crisis.

Commenting on the summit, Davutoglu said: "All these events show how the Turkish-EU relationship and Turkish membership of the EU is important not only for Turkey and the EU but for all international issues."

Discussing the refugee crisis, the Turkish prime minister stated that for Turkey "the refugee issue is not an issue of bargaining but an issue of values, humanitarian values as well as European values," before adding: "Turkey has received 2.7 million refugees without any significant assistance from anywhere. And today also I want to re-emphasise that Turkey will continue her policy of having these attitudes of a humanitarian perspective. Of course, the EU and Turkey we have the same goal, the same objective, to help Syrian refugees especially, and also to have a new future in our continent in a bright manner."

"Today we will continue our consultations with my colleagues, with the European leaders together. I am sure, I hope, we will be achieving our goal to help all the refugees, as well as to deepen Turkish-EU relations, which is good news for our continent and for humanity altogether," Davutoglu concluded.

Following late night negotiations on Thursday, European Union leaders agreed a common position to be put to the Turkish delegation. The deal stipulates that one Turkish-based Syrian refugee be resettled in the EU for every Syrian refugee returned to Turkey, while aid from the EU to Turkey for handling the refugee crisis will be doubled from three to six billion euros. The deal also offers to accelerate the visa liberalisation deal with Turkey, as well as speed up Turkey's EU accession negotiations.

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels, Friday, ahead of crucial talks on a EU-Turkey deal to tackle the ongoing refugee crisis.

Commenting on the summit, Davutoglu said: "All these events show how the Turkish-EU relationship and Turkish membership of the EU is important not only for Turkey and the EU but for all international issues."

Discussing the refugee crisis, the Turkish prime minister stated that for Turkey "the refugee issue is not an issue of bargaining but an issue of values, humanitarian values as well as European values," before adding: "Turkey has received 2.7 million refugees without any significant assistance from anywhere. And today also I want to re-emphasise that Turkey will continue her policy of having these attitudes of a humanitarian perspective. Of course, the EU and Turkey we have the same goal, the same objective, to help Syrian refugees especially, and also to have a new future in our continent in a bright manner."

"Today we will continue our consultations with my colleagues, with the European leaders together. I am sure, I hope, we will be achieving our goal to help all the refugees, as well as to deepen Turkish-EU relations, which is good news for our continent and for humanity altogether," Davutoglu concluded.

Following late night negotiations on Thursday, European Union leaders agreed a common position to be put to the Turkish delegation. The deal stipulates that one Turkish-based Syrian refugee be resettled in the EU for every Syrian refugee returned to Turkey, while aid from the EU to Turkey for handling the refugee crisis will be doubled from three to six billion euros. The deal also offers to accelerate the visa liberalisation deal with Turkey, as well as speed up Turkey's EU accession negotiations.