June 1, 2016 / 1:07 PM / a year ago

Turkey and EU to start technical talks on visa-free travel: Turkish minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Technical teams from Turkey and the European Union will begin discussions on Thursday on visa-free travel, Turkey’s new EU minister Omer Celik said on Wednesday, describing it as an integral part of a wider deal on stemming illegal migration.

European Union (L) and Turkish flags fly outside a hotel in Istanbul, Turkey May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

At a news conference in Brussels broadcast on Turkish television, Celik said the readmission and resettlement of migrants and visa liberalization for Turkish citizens were part of a package and could not be handled in isolation.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz and Nevzat Devranoglu; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Humeyra Pamuk

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