EU hails Turkey for hosting 3.5 million refugees

EU hails Turkey for hosting 3.5 million refugees

UNITED NATIONS: The European Union has praised Turkey for hosting more than 3.5 million refugees.

In a statement, the EU’s General Affairs Council commended Turkey's significant efforts in hosting and addressing their needs. 

The move came as the council gathered in Luxembourg and released a statement on the EU membership process of six countries including Turkey, Montenegro and Serbia.

It described Turkey as a “key partner” and reaffirmed “the importance it attaches to EU relations with Turkey”.

The statement said that council remains committed to maintaining an open and frank dialogue, to addressing common challenges and to cooperating in essential areas of joint interest such as migration, counterterrorism, energy, transport, the economy and trade”.