Merkel: EU Ready to Share Turkey's Financial Burden of Hosting Refugees

© REUTERS / Umit BektasSyrian refugees boys carry their food as they cross into Turkey at Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 16, 2015
Syrian refugees boys carry their food as they cross into Turkey at Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Europe is ready to share Turkey's financial burden in regard to accepting refugees on its soil, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a state visit to Ankara on Sunday.

ANKARA (Sputnik) – Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the German leader said Europe was ready to accept "only an organized and controlled flow of refugees."

"Turkey has assumed great responsibility for the reception of refugees. We know that Turkey has not received sufficient financial support from the EU. We are ready to share the burden with Turkey," Merkel said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, is greeted by European Council President Donald Tusk prior to a meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. - Sputnik International
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