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

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 01, 2016 9:04 AM

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.

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)