Erdogan: Turkey is not obligated to become a "repository of migrants" for Europe

Erdogan: Turkey is not obligated to become a “repository of migrants” for Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a press conference in Ankara Thursday evening following a meeting of the Prime Minister regarding another wave of migrants threatening Afghanistan.

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 stated that his country was not the right place “Wherever and wherever he wants, he can enter and leave where he can move as he pleases.” 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.

Wherever 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.

(MTI)

Photo: Emin Sansar / Anadolu Agency / Anadolu Agency via Agence France-Presse

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