Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to arrive in Brussels on Monday evening for talks on Syria and the thousands of refugees attempting to reach Europe, the European Council said.
Erdoğan will hold talks with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on migration and the crisis in Syria, Michel’s spokesman Barend Leyts said on Twitter.
President @eucopresident and President @vonderleyen will meet with President @RTErdogan of Turkey on Monday at 18h in Brussels to discuss EU-Turkey matters, including migration, security, stability in the region and the crisis in Syria.
Erdoğan has accused Europe of leaving Turkey to bear the brunt of the humanitarian, social and financial cost of the refugee influx from Syria.
The visit comes after Turkish authorities began giving migrants free passage towards Europe after 36 Turkish troops were killed in Syria’s last rebel-held province last week.
Thousands of migrants hoping to enter the EU have gathered at the Greek-Turkish border following the Turkish decision.