November 12, 2015 / 5:14 PM / 3 years ago

EU wants migrant summit with Turkey at end-November or early December, says Merkel

VALLETTA (Reuters) - The European Union plans to hold a summit with Turkey at the end of November or beginning of December to discuss how to tackle the migration crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the end of an EU meeting in Malta on Thursday.

A group of migrants, coming off an incoming train, are seen next to police on the platform at the Swedish end of the bridge between Sweden and Denmark, in Hyllie district, Malmo November 12, 2015. REUTERS/Stig-Ake Jonsson/TT News Agency

“It is about ... an EU-Turkey summit to demonstrate that we will work very closely with each other and that we sensibly share out the challenges that have arisen from the civil war in Syria and the difficult situations in other countries,” Merkel told reporters.

She said the summit would not take place on Nov. 22.

“I believe the task that is crystallizing is that we have a common responsibility for refugees from war,” she said, adding there would probably be more than one meeting with Turkey but that this kind of summit would not become a regular format.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Paul Carrel

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