Afghanistan: Turkey calls on the EU to honor its commitments on migration

A statement that comes 48 hours after Greece said it could return Afghan migrants fleeing the Taliban regime to Turkey.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the European Union to respect its commitments on migration in the face of the chaotic situation in Afghanistan, Friday August 20. A declaration that comes 48 hours after theGreece has said it may return Afghan migrants to Turkey, which it considers a “safe country”.

“Declaring Turkey as a safe third country does not exempt the EU from its international commitments”, said the Turkish head of state in a telephone interview with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

An agreement signed in 2016 between Ankara and the EU provides for the return of the Greek islands to Turkey of “irregular migrants”. But Ankara regularly criticizes the EU for not fulfilling its obligations under this agreement.

The Turkish head of state also denounced the risk of a migratory wave that would pose a “serious challenge for everyone” and called on the EU to help Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, especially Iran, to reduce it.

The return to power of the Taliban in Kabul has plunged the future of many Afghans into uncertainty and awakened in Europe the fear of a migration crisis similar to that of 2015, with the influx of millions of people fleeing the conflicts in the Near -East and transiting through Turkey.

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