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EU, Turkey Set to Ink Readmission Deal

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | December 4, 2013, Wednesday // 18:14| Views: 974 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: EU, Turkey Set to Ink Readmission Deal Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Turkey and the EU are to sign a Readmission Agreement in exchange for visa liberalization with the EU for Turkish citizens.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday that the agreement will be signed on December 16, the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency informs.

Describing the move as “historical”, Davutoglu expressed his hope that Turkish citizens would be able to travel to EU countries without visa requirements in three years’ time.

As a result of long negotiations, Turkey has agreed to accept migrants who illegally entered into EU territories via Turkey but has the right to suspend it in the case of EU’s non-compliance with the visa liberalization process.

Turkey and the EU agreed on the road map for visa liberalization for Turkish citizens in return for the signing of the Readmission Agreement in 2011 but negotiations could not commence for two years due to deep mistrust between the two parties, Hurriyet Daily News reminds.

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