EU and Turkey Reach Migrant Crisis Deal, Czech Leader Says

Source: Time

(BERLIN)—The Czech prime minister says that the European Union and Turkey have reach a landmark deal to ease the migrant crisis and give Ankara concessions on better EU relations.

Near the end of a two-day summit, Bohuslav Sobotka tweeted: “The deal with Turkey approved. All illegal migrants who reach Greece from Turkey starting March 20 will be returned.”

With the EU’s 28 leaders on board, the document still needed to be officially signed off with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who had negotiated the final wording on the agreement since early Friday.

Davutoglu said Ankara’s prime concern was the fate of almost 3 million Syrian refugees on its territory. At the same time, he was looking for unprecedented concessions to bring the EU’s eastern neighbor closer to the bloc.

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