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Friday, 6 May 2016

Germany expects Turkey to stick to EU migrant deal after PM resignation

Germany expects Turkey to uphold its agreement with the European Union on curbing migration to the bloc despite the departure of the Turkish prime minister who struck the deal, a German government spokesman said on Friday.
Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Thursday he was stepping down as leader of Turkey's ruling AK Party and therefore as prime minister, raising questions about the migrant deal with the EU.
"The chancellor (Angela Merkel) has worked very well with Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu and all Turkish officials, and we expect this good and constructive cooperation to continue with a new Turkish prime minister," deputy German government spokesman Georg Streiter said.
"We will fulfill our commitments and expect that Turkey will also fulfill its commitments. It is not an agreement between the EU and Mr Davutoglu, but rather an agreement between the EU and Turkey," Streiter told a regular government news conference.
(Reporting by Paul Carrel; Editing by Gareth Jones)a

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