Turkey admits no visa-free EU travel deal by July 1

Turkey's EU Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator Omer Celik delivers a speech during the handover ceremony with his predecessor in Ankara, on May 25, 2016Turkey’s Europe minister has admitted there is no chance of completing a deal on visa-free travel to the EU by the July 1 deadline, during a visit to the Hague. The European Union agreed in March to offer Turkey visa-free access by July 1, increased aid and speeded up accession talks in return for Ankara controlling the flood of migrants crossing into Greece. Turkey’s European Affairs Minister Omer Celik admitted the July 1 deadline would be missed in an interview late Friday with Dutch broadcaster NOS — the first official such acknowledgement by Ankara.

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