Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on other European countries to take responsibility for the Afghans fleeing the Taliban, warning Turkey has no obligation to be “Europe's refugee warehouse.”
“Europe, which has become the center of attraction for millions of people, cannot stay out of this problem by closing its borders just to protect the welfare of its citizens. With this attitude, Europe is turning its back on human values,” Erdogan said at a televised press briefing on Thursday.
He said about half of the “irregular” migrants Turkey has registered in the past three years are from Afghanistan.
Turkey hosts around 5 million foreign nationals — including 3.6 million Syrians and 300,000 Afghans, Erdogan said.
The President said “if necessary” Turkey would be open to meeting with the “government to be formed by the Taliban.”
Around 500 Turkish citizens were evacuated from Afghanistan recently, and about 300 more who are still stuck there will be brought home soon, he added.