EU officials postpone visit to Turkey after attacks in Ankara

Updated: 2015-10-11 20:50


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BRUSSELS - European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Johannes Hahn postponed a tour to Turkey slated on Sunday, on request of the Turkish authorities to respect the nation's three days of mourning after the deadly attacks in Ankara.

The announcement was made by the commission here on Sunday.

The EU officials' visit was scheduled to continue negotiations over a draft action plan on tackling refugee crisis proposed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Oct. 5.

The European Commission said it hoped to be able to reschedule the visit for next Wednesday.

"We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. Our sympathy goes to the Turkish people and authorities," said the commission press release.

The explosions on Saturday rocked a train station in central Ankara where several unions, civic society organizations and pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party were due to hold a rally protesting conflict between the state and Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey. Death toll of the twin blasts has risen to 95 so far.