Turkish PM says made explicit to EU that cannot change anti-terror law

September 1, 2016 18:51


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ANKARA- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said he had made clear to visiting European Parliament President Martin Schulz on Thursday that Turkey could not ease its anti-terrorism laws, a demand of Brussels in order for Turks to gain visa-free travel to Europe.

Turkish officials have warned Ankara could stop helping to stem the flow of refugees and migrants to Europe if the 28-nation bloc fails to relax travel rules for Turks from October as promised under a migration deal struck earlier this year.

Speaking through a translator, Schulz said the two sides had not agreed on all issues during the talks in Ankara on Thursday and that Turkey must protect basic rights.

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