At a press conference in Ankara Thursday evening after a cabinet meeting in the wake of another wave of migrants from Afghanistan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey has no duty, no responsibility, no duty to become a “migrant warehouse” in Europe.
Erdogan has made it clear that by closing its borders, Europe cannot extricate itself from the problem. “In doing so, Europe not only violates international law, but also turns its back on human values“He said.
The Turkish head of state pointed out that his country is not the place “where and whoever wants, he can enter and exit where he can move as he wants.” At the same time, he added, Turkish society does not think only of itself and does not turn its back on those who come to its door. Erdogan said there are currently 180,000 registered Afghan immigrants and about 120,000 unregistered Afghan immigrants live in Turkey.
The Turkish leader indicated that his country would severely close its borders and return illegal immigrants who are currently to its lands. “Where they go is their business” pointed out.
He stressed that the issue of Syrian refugees in Turkey is different, although he stressed that in parallel with the improvement of conditions in the Arab country, the responsibility of Turkish citizens should help Syrians return to their homes.
Regarding the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, Erdogan again expected that they would, if necessary, meet with the newly formed Taliban government and discuss their common affairs.
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