EU to seek summit with Turkey next month

The president of the European Union says the 28-nation bloc will be seeking to hold a summit meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next month to discuss the testy relations between the two.

EU President Donald Tusk said at the end of Thursday's EU summit that he was given "a mandate" to set up a meeting between the leaders of EU institutions and Turkey next month. He says no date or place has been set.

The 28-nation EU and Turkey have a deal under which Turkey makes sure to stem the flow of migrants into Europe in return for billions of euros to take care of them there.

But Turkey and the EU have been at loggerheads about Turkey's security crackdown since a failed coup in July.