Turkey criticizes US statement on resettlement of Afghans

File Photo: Reuters / Mohammad Ismail guarded by Afghan soldiers at a checkpoint outside the US Bagram Air Force Base on July 2, 2021.

August 3, 2021

Ankara (Reuters) -Turkey criticized the U.S. program on Tuesday to offer the possibility of resettlement to Afghans who could be the target of Taliban violence through relations with the U.S. It will cause a “massive immigration crisis.”

On Monday, the US State Department announced a new program that would give thousands more Afghans the opportunity to resettle in the United States as refugees. Afghans participating in the program will have to go to a third country on their own, where they will wait 12-14 months for the application to be processed.

A senior State Department official said Washington had been discussing potential spills with neighboring countries, adding that the Pakistan-Afghanistan border remains open and others could travel to Turkey via Iran.

Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to mention Turkey as a migration route for Afghans in a statement, making Turkey a “third country”, one of the world’s leading refugee recipients with more than 4 million migrants.

“As Turkey, we do not accept the irresponsible decisions made by the United States without consulting our country. If the United States wants to take these people to its own country, it will fly directly to its own country. It is possible to do it. “

“No one should expect the Turkish people to bear the burden of the immigration crisis they have experienced as a result of the decisions of third countries in our region,” he added.

With the rise of violence in Afghanistan, hundreds of Afghans have moved to Turkey in recent weeks, raising concerns about the influx of new migrants.

Relations between Ankara and Washington are tense on many issues, from Ankara’s move to buy Russian defense equipment to legal and policy differences in Syria, Libya, and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Ankara has offered to guard and operate Kabul International Airport in Kabul as a possible move to create a forum for cooperation between NATO allies after the United States and NATO withdraw from Afghanistan.

(Report by Tuvan Gumrukcu, edited by Richard Pullin)

Turkey criticizes US statement on resettlement of Afghans

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