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Nov 08, 2019

President Erdoğan reveals Turkey is bursting at the seams with nearly four million migrants

During an official visit to Budapest, President Erdoğan said there are almost four million refugees currently residing in Turkey and many would set out for Europe.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has highlighted that Hungary-Turkey relations are “excellent” and how the migrant crisis is at its peak in his country.

During an official visit to Budapest, Erdoğan said there are almost four million refugees currently residing in Turkey and many would set out for Europe. “Due to cooperation, we have held this crowd back with patience,” he said, adding that a security zone was needed so the migrants can be sent back home.

President Erdoğan said he had agreed with the United Nation’s secretary-general that a donor conference would be organized to implement Turkey’s plans. He added that Hungary supports Turkey in the fight against terrorism and the countries are allies and strategic partners in NATO.

He said the only way to fight against international terrorists is if NATO allies “refuse to talk to the terrorists”. Turkey has taken resolute action against Islamic State fighters, and its dedication to these efforts will be maintained, he added.

President Erdoğan revealed that Turkey had not received the sum the European Union had promised for taking care of refugees. He said Turkey would continue looking after them but the country would not be able to handle everything. If no solution is found then the “gates will have to be opened and it is obvious in which direction people will set off.”

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