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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will next week inaugurate a new centre for Syrian refugees in the southeastern Turkish city of Kilis built with EU funds, Turkey’s prime minister said on Tuesday.
“We are going to inaugurate a school and a hospital built in Kilis thanks to EU financing with European leaders led by Mrs Merkel,” said Turkish Prime Minister AhmetDavutoglu in a speech to his ruling party in parliament.
He did not specify which other leaders would accompany Merkel for the April 16 ceremony in Kilis, a town on the Syrian border that houses a massive refugee camp for Syrians who have fled their country’s devastating five-year war.
The centre was built under a new agreement between Turkey and the EU which aims to stem mass migration to Europe and the drowning of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in overloaded inflatables.