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Summit a ‘turning point’ in Turkish relations with EU, Davutoglu says

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Turkey's prime minister says he hopes that a summit with European Union leaders on Monday will mark a turning point in relations as the EU seeks to stop migrants heading to Greece.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Brussels that the meeting is as focused on Turkey's future EU membership as on the refugee emergency.

He said "Turkey is ready to work with the EU, and Turkey is ready to be a member of the EU as well."

Davutoglu expressed hope the summit "will be a success story and a turning point in our relations."

The EU is desperate to halt the flow of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece. It has offered Turkey billions of euros in refugee aid, fast-track EU membership and an easing of visa rules to win its support. [AP]