Migrant crisis: EU backs Turkey action plan

ANKARA - EU states have backed an action plan with Turkey, which it is hoped will ease the flow of migrants to Europe.

Nearly 600,000 migrants have reached the EU by sea so far this year, many of them travelling from Turkey.

The leaders agreed to speed up visa liberalisation talks for Turks if Ankara stems the influx and to "re-energise" Turkey's accession dialogue.

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said he felt "cautious optimism" over the deal.

Meanwhile a migrant thought to be Afghan was shot dead by a Bulgarian border guard after entering the country from Turkey late on Thursday.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov left the Brussels talk on hearing the news.

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