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Turkey renews threat to scrap EU migrant deal

Published 03/11/2016

Turkey's foreign minister is renewing a threat to scrap an agreement with the European Union
Turkey's foreign minister is renewing a threat to scrap an agreement with the European Union

Turkey's foreign minister is renewing a threat to scrap an agreement with the European Union to stem the migrant flow if Brussels does not grant Turks visa-free entry.

The visa waiver is part of a package of incentives the EU offered Turkey to stop migrants heading to Europe.

The main sticking point is an EU demand for Turkey to change the way it defines terrorism.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as telling Swiss daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung: "Our patience is approaching an end."

He added that Ankara is upholding agreements and expects the EU to do the same.

Asked when the migrant deal might be suspended, Mr Cavusoglu replied: "We won't wait until the end of the year."

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