Turkey criticizes Austrian leader’s ‘astonishing’ remarks on Afghan refugees
Ankara on Monday criticized Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s remarks that Turkey is a “more suitable place” for Afghan refugees, saying they were astonished by the statement.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_“First of all, Turkey is not a country neighboring Afghanistan, as Chancellor stated,” Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.
“Instead of emphasizing joint efforts and cooperation to solve the problem of irregular migration, which affects the whole world and is a common issue for everyone, the attitude that ‘migrants should not come here, go elsewhere’ is both selfish and unhelpful,” the statement added.
It emphasized that Turkey will not take in a new wave of .
“We convey this stance to our interlocutors on every occasion and at every level, emphasizing that will not be a border guard or a of the EU,” the statement said.
Hundreds of Afghans flee to Turkey every day as Taliban are advancing amid foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
In an interview with Germany newspaper Bild am Sonntag, Austrian Chancellor Kurz said that Turkey is “a more suitable place” for Afghan refugees than Germany, Austria, or Sweden.