May 25, 2017 / 2:20 PM / 2 months ago

Turkey's Erdogan, France's Macron agree to boost trade volume - sources

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French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak ahead of a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017.Eric Feferberg/Pool

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Thursday agreed to boost annual trade to 20 billion euros ($22 billion) and to improve Ankara's diplomatic ties with the European Union, Turkish presidential sources said.

The sources said Erdogan also met with European Council chief Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a NATO summit in Brussels, and added the three had emphasised the need to realise a 2016 migrant deal.

Turkey agreed in early 2016 to help curb the flood of migrants into Europe, in return for visa-free travel for Turks to Europe. But Brussels first wants Ankara to modify anti-terrorism laws that it says are too broad.

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Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan

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