Turkey, EU fail to reach 'concrete solutions'


He also addressed the Turkey-EU Summit held on Monday under the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, European Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Varna, Bulgaria.

Towards that end, Turkey and the US have established working groups to discuss a number of issues, including the stabilization of Manbij, Syria and preventing any undesirable clashes.

The EU has already committed €3 billion to help Turkey manage the refugee influx and another €3 billion is on the way.

It follows a degree of pressure applied on Turkey about the matter by European Union officials in Monday's EU-Turkey summit in Varna.

The parties also discussed the development of bilateral relations and regional issues.

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for more than 30 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives.

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Tusk said that the summit's objective was to "continue the dialogue in really hard circumstances".

This marked Trump's first personal, public comment on the Western response after he allowed his spokeswoman to announce Washington's unprecedented decision to expel 60 alleged Russian agents.

Recalling that some European countries want to end accession talks or initiate to introduce alternative partnership models to Turkey, Ankara wants to avert breakage and aims to perpetuate dialogue with the EU, he said.

Turkish EU Minister Omer Celik said Turkey could not accept such statements by the EU. With total trade of more than €130 billion between the two, Turkey's trade with the European Union is more than five times greater than that with its next largest partner, China.

U.S. officials have repeatedly complained that Turkey's battle against the YPG is a distraction from the anti-IS fight, but Trump's remarks Tuesday suggest growing sympathy for his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally. "Turkey considers it (visa liberalisation) a priority", Jabbour told AFP.

In January, the Turkish military, along with the Free Syrian Army, launched "Operation Olive Branch" in Syria's Afrin region targeting the YPG, which Ankara views as an extension of the PKK.