HUNGARY (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday threatened to open doors for immigrants to Europe if he did not provide more international support during his visit to Hungary.
“Whether or not support comes, we will continue to receive our guests but to some extent,” Erdogan told a news conference alongside Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
“If we see that this is not going well, as I said earlier, we have no choice but to open the doors. If we open the doors, it is clear where their destination will be.”
Erdogan has called on European Union countries to provide more financial support for his plan to establish a “safe area” in Syria, where refugees could be transferred.
Urban has often been one of the strongest opponents in Europe to receive refugees and migrants, especially from Muslim countries. He supported Erdogan’s efforts to bring them home.
“There are four million refugees in our country,” Erdogan said. “It is possible that a large number of these refugees will migrate to Europe.”
“The safe area we want to create aims to ensure that refugees in our territory return home.”
The European Union strongly criticized the Turkish operation last month to set up a “safe zone” in northern Syria.
Erdogan said the EU approach “is far from being constructive … they are only doing these things to their interests.”
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