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Turkey's Erdogan, France's Macron agree to boost trade volume - sources
May 25, 2017 / 2:20 PM / in 7 months

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

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.

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. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool

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.

($1 = 0.8916 euros)

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

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