Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, May 12, 2016. Erdogan says his country is gearing up to "clear" the Syrian side of its frontier in response to cross-border fire from the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

TEHRAN, Iran — Turkey’s president says his country does not have the “strength or capability” to host millions of more refugees from Idlib.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that a call for terror groups in Idlib to lay down arms was a strong message to them and would help halt refugee flows.

“We have to take joint steps to prevent the migration, we need to be successful in the fight against terrorism,” Erdogan said.

“Turkey is already sheltering 3 ½ million refugees (from Syria). The population of Idlib is 3 ½ million. Turkey doesn’t have the strength or capability to host 3 ½ million more,” he added.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here