Merkel confirms 3 billion euro deal with Turkey on migrants

Merkel confirms 3 billion euro deal with Turkey on migrants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed after an EU-Turkey summit on Sunday that the European Union has offered Ankara 3 billion euros to assist Syrian refugees in Turkey in return for Turkish assist in stemming migrant flows.

She moreover confirmed that the EU would open Chapter 17 of Turkey's accession negotiations with Turkey this year & would speed up visa-free travel for Turks if existing conditions are met.

Merkel said a meeting she held with some other EU leaders in the hours before the Brussels summit had discussed resettling some Syrian refugees from Turkey directly to their countries yet no figures had been discussed.

(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

Source: “Reuters”