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Erdogan: Turkey has already welcomed 5 million refugees and can no longer lift weights

Ankara systematically reiterates that the European Union is not abiding by the 2016 agreement

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of provincial election officials at the headquarters of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in Ankara on January 29, 2019. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey can not take responsibility for third countries towards Afghans who have worked for Western institutions and who are waiting to leave after the Taliban seize power.

The Turkish president reiterated the following day in a telephone conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel that “Turkey, which has already received 5 million refugees, can not lift additional immigration burdens.”

Tayyip Erdogan warned that it would be “unrealistic” for the European Union to have further expectations from Turkey regarding the reception of migrants, as long as the Turkey-EU agreement is not fully implemented.

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