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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in front of the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, August 10, 2016. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS


ANKARA (Reuters) - The European Union has to provide the 3 billion euro (2.56 billion pounds) in funds promised to Turkey under a migrant deal, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

Erdogan made the comment in a speech in Ankara. Under a landmark deal between the European Union and Ankara, Turkey has agreed to help stem the tide of illegal migrants into the bloc in exchange for aid and visa-free travel to Europe for Turks.

Erdogan has repeatedly said that European leaders are not living up to their side of the pact.

(Reporting by Daren Butler and Ayla Jean Yackley; Writing by David Dolan)


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