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US should do more on Afghan refugees after pullout: Erdoğan

US should do more on Afghan refugees after pullout: Erdoğan

Turkey's president says Turkey will no longer be able to afford to welcome any more Afghan refugees.
23.09.2021 - 12:03

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the US should do more regarding a further influx of refugees in the wake of the refugee crisis that followed the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Erdoğan told CBS News that "right now" the US has failed to meet its obligations on Afghanistan.

"We have more than 300,000 Afghan refugees, and we will no longer be able to afford to welcome any more Afghan refugees in Turkey," he said in the interview that will be aired Sunday.

US should do more on Afghan refugees after pullout: Erdoğan VIDEO

Asked if the US needs to do more, Erdoğan responds: "Of course, the United States should do a lot, and should invest a lot.

"Because, the United States has been there for the last 20 years but why is there first? These questions should be answered by the United States," he added.

Erdoğan said last month that Turkey will not be a refugee warehouse of any country and will reinforce borders against an influx of refugees.