Tusk: Turkey 'best example' for refugee treatment
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk praised Saturday Turkey's treatment of refugees saying "it is the best example for the whole world", Anadolu reported.
"Today Turkey is the best example for the whole world for how we should treat refugees," Donald Tusk said during a joint press conference with Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans in Gaziantep, in southeastern Turkey.
"No one has a right to lecture Turkey on what it should do," Tusk said. "I am really proud that you are my partner and I am absolutely sure that we will succeed... We have no other way!"
Tusk said that since the March agreement between the EU and Turkey "we have seen a sharp reduction of the illegal migration flow across the Aegean Sea".
The president of the European Council said that beyond the cooperation on the migration crisis, Turkey and the EU had revitalized their relations and agreed on a roadmap the visa liberalization for Turkish citizens .
"The way I see It, Turkey has made good progress ahead of decisions to be taken this summer provided that Turkey meets all the agreed benchmarks," Tusk said.
Under an EU-Turkey deal to ease the refugee crisis facing Europe, EU leaders agreed to cut visa requirements for Turkish citizens and accelerate Turkey's EU membership bid.