Erdoğan, Merkel talk over phone to discuss EU migrant deal
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken by phone about the EU-Turkey agreement on stemming migration to Europe. The two leaders also discussed developments in Syria and Libya, according to a brief statement from Turkey's presidency.
Erdoğan and Merkel discussed migration, developments in Syria, Libya and bilateral relations, the directorate said in a statement.
Turkey has been pressing the EU -- of which Germany is a powerhouse member -- to fulfill its obligations to do more to help in the migrant and refugee crisis.
Erdoğan had earlier warned that Turkey cannot deal with a renewed migration wave from conflict-torn Idlib, Syria, saying if the EU does not step up, Turkey might open the doors for migrants to cross into Europe.
The president had also said that Turkey so far spent around $40 billion for refugees, while support from the EU to Turkey totaled only around €3 billion ($3.34 billion), breaking the EU's pledges in a 2016 deal with Turkey to stem irregular migration.
Turkey currently hosts some 3.6 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world.