Saturday, January 16, 2016
Turkey warns Berlin 'step up military involvement in Syria or prepare to receive more refugees!'
Turkey warns Berlin 'step up military involvement in Syria or prepare to receive more refugees!' (DS).
Germany must step up its involvement in Syria if it wants to stem the flow of refugees into Europe, Turkey's deputy prime minister Mehmet Simsek in remarks to German daily Die Welt Saturday.
"If Germany and others want to stop the influx of refugees, they must stop the bombings by Syrian and Russian forces against the Syrian opposition," Simsek said, speaking days after 10 German tourists were killed in a suicide attack in Turkey.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for talks next Friday, with discussions to center on the Istanbul attack and the flow of migrants to Europe.
"The origin of terror in Syria is the chaos on the ground, which was caused by the Syrian regime's refusal to authorize democratic reform and the existence of an opposition," Simsek said.
Regarding the fight against the ISIS group, which has been blamed for the Istanbul attack, Simsek said: "No one can pretend we aren't doing anything."
Turkey has often been criticized by its Western allies for not doing enough to combat ISIS extremists who have seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.
"Daesh represents for us the greatest danger," the deputy prime minister said, using another name to refer to ISIS. Read the full story here.