January 18, 2017

Turkish FM reaffirms ‘open borders’ for Syrian refugees

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said today his country would keep its “open border policy” for refugees. (File Photo)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS:  Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said today his country would keep its “open border policy” for refugees, but did not indicate when Syrians at the frontier could cross.

“We still keep this open border policy for these people fleeing from the aggression from the regime as well as air strikes of Russia,” he said as he left a meeting with his EU counterparts in Amsterdam.

“We have received already 5,000 of them, another 50,000 to 55,000 are on their way and we cannot leave them there alone because air strikes are ongoing and also regime forces supported by Iran Shia militias are attacking these civilians as well.”

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