September 9, 2016 / 10:37 AM / in a year

EU must accelerate promised aid to refugees, Turkey foreign minister says

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

ANKARA (Reuters) - The European Union must accelerate the delivery of promised humanitarian aid for some 3 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with EU officials on Friday.

He said a concrete roadmap needed to be agreed for a visa liberation deal with the bloc. The EU has pledged 3 billion euro support for Syrian migrants in return for Ankara's help in curbing the number of people embarking from there for Europe.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay, Tulay Karadeniz, Seda Sezer; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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