Turkey and EU strike 3bn euro migrant aid deal

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu (R) shakes hands with European Council president Donald Tusk during a bilateral meeting on sidelines of summit on relations between EU and Turkey and on migration crisis at EU headquarters in Brussels on November 29, 2015Turkey and the European Union agreed at a summit on Sunday on a “historic” three-billion-euro ($3.2 billion) aid deal to stem the flow of Syrian refugees and other migrants to Europe. Ankara’s bid for membership of the EU will be kickstarted in return for its cooperation in preventing the 2.2 million Syrian refugees it hosts from coming to Europe, EU president Donald Tusk said. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was a “historic day” and vowed that his country would keep its promises, in the face of scepticism from some countries in the 28-member EU.

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