Turkey hopeful on EU visa-free deal for citizens

Turkey's foreign minister says he believes Turkey and the European Union can come to an agreement on granting visa-free travel for Turks.

Turkey has threatened to scrap a key deal with the EU on stemming the flow of migrants heading from Turkey to Europe if visa restrictions for citizens traveling to Europe are not eased by October.

Plans to loosen visa rules came to a standstill after Turkey voiced reluctance to amend anti-terrorism laws that were part of a list of criteria the country is required to fulfil.

During a news conference with top EU officials, Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday Turkey had suggested "alternative proposals" and "a common understanding" between Ankara and Brussels was starting to emerge.

Cavusoglu said: "I believe that with this understanding we will overcome the problem."