Erdogan: No EU readmission deal without visa freedom

Erdogan: No EU readmission deal without visa freedom

Turkey's president said Tuesday there would be no readmission agreement with the European Union unless talks on visa freedom for Turks are "fruitful", Anadolu reported.

Speaking at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "If these [talks] are fruitful, it's good, [but] if not, then what will happen is that a step will have to be taken at the Turkish parliament and the law regarding the readmission agreement will not be carried out."

A readmission process between the EU and Turkey, entered into in October 2014, makes it possible to return undocumented migrants who enter Europe via Turkey and vice versa.

Full implementation of the readmission agreement is also required in order to implement a visa-liberation process for Turkey.

Talks over visa freedom for nearly 80 million Turks soured when the EU requested that Turkey complete the five remaining benchmarks, out of an initial 72, including one on terrorism.

Turkey, which is currently fighting terrorist groups such as Daesh and the PKK, has refused to alter its terrorism laws. "[The EU] should not keep trying to impose criteria on us. This is Turkey," Erdogan said, adding that certain Latin American countries, whose citizens are exempt from visa requirements to travel to the Schengen borderless zone, did not have to fulfill the same criteria as Turkey.

Erdogan asked why Turkey, which is an EU candidate country and part of the bloc's customs union, would have to fulfill 72 requirements.

Visa freedom is also part of an EU-Turkey deal which provides a 6 billion euro ($6.8 billion) aid package to meet the needs of millions of refugees in Turkey and speeding up the country's accession talks.

But Erdogan reiterated that Turkey, which has already spent billions of dollars on Syrian refugees since the beginning of the crisis, does not need the EU's money.

"At the end of the day [the aid] doesn't come to Turkey, it is provided to refugees in camps mostly to improve their living conditions --Turkey is not asking for favors," Erdogan said.

"What we want is honesty, Turkey is supposed to fulfill criteria, what criteria are these, what [do] you mean by criteria?" he said.

The deal was agreed on late last year, when more than a million refugees reached the EU and more than 800 drowned in the Aegean Sea as human traffickers crammed them on unseaworthy vessels heading for the Greek islands off Turkey's coast.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Erdogan said that he hoped the summit would be an important turning point in ending humanitarian crises around the world.

"I hope this summit will reach its goal if it starts a new era in the life of all the oppressed around the world," he said.

"I would like to emphasize that we should be following the commitments of this summit as responsible countries," he said.

Erdogan added that the ongoing crises around the world will only come to an end "through strong action, not empty words".

Iran's envoy reacts to IAEA chief's comments
Iran's envoy reacts to IAEA chief's comments
Iran's nuclear technology improves despite limitations
Iran's nuclear technology improves despite limitations
Lavrov: Russia hopes for some new measures to preserve JCPOA
Lavrov: Russia hopes for some new measures to preserve JCPOA
Loading Bars
Latest
Volume of gas pumped into Serajeh gas storage facility in Iran soars
Azerbaijan's railway cargo transportation down within 9M2020
Value of wood, furniture exports from Turkey to Uzbekistan down
Hungary reiterates its support for Azerbaijan's territorial integrity
Kazakh coal extracting venture opens tender to buy electricity generating unit
Kazakhstan’s Oil Construction Company to buy pipes via tender
Tashkent Stock Exchange's trade volume increases
State Commercial Bank of Turkmenistan holds another campaign to increase cashback
Сontracted capacity of Enagas storage facilities reach 100% of available supply
Uzbekistan’s car production up within 9M2020
Volume of electricity generation up in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijani ASB Bank's net income drops
Azerbaijani FM leaves for Moscow
Iran declares number of enterprises restored in Qom Province
Azerbaijan has enough resources to quickly restore economic growth rates - CBA's chairman
SOCAR among TOP importers of gasoline to Ukraine
Azerbaijan announces latest data on civilian casualties, damages caused by Armenia's attacks
Georgia reports 1,351 new coronavirus cases
Indian Monnet company looking to launch ferrosilicon production in Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar
Azerbaijani MoD shows footage of newly-liberated Chereken village (VIDEO)
GTL may help companies increase their portfolio of higher value finished products
Turkmenistan plans to buy medical helicopters from Russia’s Tatarstan
Georgia talks about main road construction projects
Battalion of Armenian Armed Forces' 556th regiment neutralized - Azerbaijani MoD
China's import of Turkish wood, furniture surges
Cotton fiber production increases in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijani oil prices decrease
It's wrong to compare economically strong Azerbaijan with Armenia, Trend's editor-in-chief on Al Jazeera TV (VIDEO)
President's aide talks about Armenian attacks on Azerbaijani cities on Oct. 20
Gasoline production increases in Uzbekistan
Jet fuel consumption to return to 2019 demand levels in 2025
Kazakhstan to amend state budget due to COVID-19 preventive measures
Georgia talks about ongoing, future projects in construction area
Night, day artillery firings of Azerbaijani Armed Forces (VIDEO)
UK keen to support Azerbaijan to develop renewable energy sphere
Turkmenistan considers measures to prevent entering of COVID-19 into country
Investments in Kazakhstan's agriculture surge
Azerbaijani currency rates for Oct. 21
Armenia must forever forget Khudafarin, says Azerbaijani MoD
First regular international freight train departed from China to Uzbekistan
Information on shot down Azerbaijani military plane - lie, says Defense Ministry
Kazakhstan's revenue from transport via pipelines down year-on-year
EU launches new initiative to support small and medium-sized firms in Georgia
Azerbaijan's Azercosmos shows satellite images of newly-liberated Zangilan city
Major General of Azerbaijani Interior Ministry passes away
Iranian currency rates for October 21
Member of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, former President of Ecuador publishes article in Ecuador ElTelegrafo newspaper
Number of coronavirus cases in Uzbekistan approaches 65,000
Armenian Armed Forces' artillery chief, division, batallion commanders neutralized - MoD
Turkmenistan, India intend to hold regular meetings
Incurring losses, Armenian troops forced to retreat, Azerbaijani MoD says
Azerbaijan eyes to introduce domestic products to Arab markets
New power plants construction in Azerbaijan to allow export of electricity
Oil prices slip as U.S. inventory build stokes fears of supply glut
Turkey's furniture and timber exports to Kyrgyzstan down
MP states need to create Agrarian Bank of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry gives update on current hostilities
Strategy for long-term development of Azerbaijan energy sector to be developed until 2050
Foreign investors to invest about $400 million in renewable energy projects in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan to put banknotes with updated design into circulation (PHOTO)
Express Bank reduces its net profit
Armenian armed forces shelling Azerbaijani Tartar district
Spain considering curfews to tackle new wave of coronavirus
Association of Restaurants demands meeting with PM
TOGG partners with Farasis for li-ion battery production in Turkey
Iran exports over $30 billion worth of goods in 6 months
Earthquake reported 386km away from Almaty
Sarajevo mayor underlines urban cooperation with Tehran
China's 2020 auto production and sales could return to 2019 levels
Amazon extends work from home option till June
Can Tesla hit 2020 delivery goal? Investors watch for Musk steer
Fiancee of Khashoggi, human rights group sue Saudi crown prince in U.S.
Iraqi security forces find 50 bodies in mass grave in Kirkuk
5.6 tons of cannabis seized in Morocco
Ex-Burundi president gets prison term for 1993 killing of victorious election opponent
DOJ lawsuit unlikely to knock Google from pole position
Footage of destruction of Armenian Armed Forces' military equipment, manpower published (VİDEO)
News spread by Armenian Defense Ministry that military operations being conducted in Khudaferin direction nonsense - Azerbaijani MoD
I want my dear people to know that the capture of every village and every height requires great courage - President Aliyev
We are saying whatever is possible today, says Azerbaijani president
Online election registry available for Georgian citizens residing abroad
We will continue to expel these liars, says Azerbaijani president
Armenia must declare before it is too late that it is withdrawing from occupied territories - President Aliyev
We are fighting alone and everyone knows that - President Aliyev
President Aliyev on destroyed and taken as military boot military equipment of Armenian armed forces
Armenian leadership already on their knees, we have shown them place they deserve - Azerbaijani president
Azerbaijan conducts military operations on its territory recognized by international community, says President Aliyev
Our fist is there not only to smash the enemy’s head. Our fist is a fist of unity - President Aliyev
AstraZeneca U.S. COVID-19 vaccine trial may resume as soon as this week
We are on the threshold of the Great Return - President Aliyev
Victorious Azerbaijani Army gaining new victories on battlefield, says Azerbaijani president
Professional journalist, Azerbaijan`s and AZERTAC`s friend He Ping appointed as President of Xinhua News Agency
They simply deceived us and international mediators - President Aliyev
Turkey reports 1,894 new COVID-19 cases, 351,413 in total
Int’l conference on 175th anniversary of Abai held in Kazakhstan
FLEX Alumni sends letter to attention of US Ambassador in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan Air Defense Units destroy another UAV of Armenian armed forces
Senior diplomat: Iran has nothing to hide about Ukrainian plane incident
Armenian armed forces units in Gubadli direction destroyed (VİDEO)
Azerbaijan's MoD warns about sharing unnofficial information on social media
All news