Davutoglu arrives in Brussels, expects common ground with EU on refugee crisis

Turkish Prime Minister says hopeful to find common ground with EU leaders to solve refugee crisis, kicking off his visit to Brussel for meeting

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks at a news conference at the end of a EU-Turkey summit in Brussels, March 8, 2016.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday he was hopeful it would be possible to find common ground with the European Union at a summit in Brussels meant to help end Europe's refugee crisis.

"I hope it will be possible to meet on common ground with the EU. I am hopeful about this," Davutoglu told reporters in Brussels.

Davuıtoglu said he hoped to achieve an agreement with EU leaders.

Syrian refugees frantically run off an overcrowded dinghy moments after arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast September 22, 2015.

"Of course the EU and Turkey have the same goal, the same objective to help Syrian refugees especially and also to have a new feature in our continents in a right manner. This is our purpose," Davutoglu said on arrival for talks in Brussels.

"I am sure, I hope, we will be achieving our goal."

Davutoglu was arriving for talks with EU leaders who are hoping to convince Turkey to help end Europe's refugee crisis.

Just over a million people have fled war in the Middle East and travelled to the EU in 2015, most taking a dangerous sea voyage from Turkey to Greece and heading north through the Balkans to Germany.

Syrian and Afghan refugees are seen on and around a dinghy that deflated some 100m away before reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, September 13, 2015.

Turkey is a transit point for refugees aiming to reach European countries from Syria and Iraq because of its geography bridging the Middle East and Europe.


TRTWorld, Reuters