Ahead of the EU-Turkey summit beginning today in Brussels, Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has highlighted the importance of the humanitarian factor in any deal with the EU. He said a proposed deal has a “humanitarian dimension” that aims to curb, and eventually prevent, the loss of more lives in the Aegean Sea.
Speaking after a meeting with EU Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday, Ahmet Davutoglu said the deal would also prevent Turkey from becoming a transit country for irregular migration.
The prime minster, from AECR member AK Parti, added Turkey wasn’t engaged in any kind of bargaining with the EU over the amount of money the country would receive to help improve the conditions of Syrian refugees. Davutoglu said:
We never saw this issue as a financial issue. This is a humanitarian issue.
Tusk reiterated that more work needed to be done on the deal to make it acceptable to all 28 EU nations and to Turkey during this summit starting today.