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Turkey calls on Greece to let migrants into the EU

“Greece! I call on you. Open your doors too and free yourself from that burden,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Greece on Sunday to “open its doors” to the thousands of migrants waiting on Turkish territory to enter the European Union (EU).

“Greece! I’m calling on you. Open your doors too and free yourself from that burden”, said Erdogan in a televised speech in Istanbul.

“Hey Greece, these people will not stay with you, they will stay in another country in Europe, after passing through you. Why do you bother?” he urged.

“Hey Greece, I’m calling you, open your doors too and let them go to other European countries. There are 1.5 million refugees on our doorstep,” Erdogan said in a televised speech.

Ergodan’s statement comes after Greece accused Turkey of breaking down the border fence to facilitate the passage of migrants and refugees.

The Greek government released a video on Sunday showing what appears to be a Turkish military vehicle anchoring a cable to the Greek border fence and then towing it down. The video was recorded on Friday night.

The incident is expected to increase tension between the two countries, after the Turkish authorities announced the opening of the border to facilitate the passage of migrants and refugees to Europe.

With tensions escalating in the Syrian province of Idlib, which borders Turkey, Ankara opened its borders to the EU last week for refugees, saying it could no longer contain the flow of migrants from Syria.

The EU rejected the measure, calling it “migratory pressure for political purposes”, and called on Turkey to return to the migration agreement signed in 2016.

This pact provides for the granting of financial assistance to Turkey for the reception of refugees, the return to Turkey of all migrants who entered Greece illegally from Turkish territory and the reception in the EU of Syrian legal migrants from Turkey.

Erdogan announced that he would meet with European Union representatives tomorrow (Monday) to discuss migration, reiterating his call for more aid to deal with the millions of refugees Turkey is hosting from Syria.

The Turkish President will travel tomorrow to Brussels where he will meet from 17.00 GMT with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

“We hoped to get much more support from the international community as far as refugees are concerned. Tomorrow I will meet members of the European Union in Belgium. We will discuss these issues,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkey is hosting some 3.6 million refugees from its southern neighbour, Syria, which has been in a civil war since 2011.

More than one million migrants, mostly from the Middle East and Asia, arrived in the European Union in 2015 and 2016 via Turkey and Greece, until an agreement between Brussels and Ankara stopped the flow in March 2016.

Turkey and Algeria strengthen relations during Erdogan’s official visit

Erdogan has said the situation in neighbouring Libya was the focus of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Sunday with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune as part of his official visit to the African country.

“It was a fruitful meeting with Tebboune. We discussed the common steps that could be taken in areas such as economy, trade, investment, the defense industry and tourism, among others, and the cooperation between the two countries,” said the Turkish leader.

Erdogan pointed out that the situation in neighbouring Libya was the central theme of the meeting with the Algerian president, where the Turkish head of state made it clear that his country faces the challenge of establishing peace and stability on Libyan territory.

“It is impossible for us to turn a blind eye to the spilled blood of our brothers in Libya and the overthrow of the legitimate government. We fully support the Libyan-sponsored political process under the leadership of the UN and the achievement of a ceasefire,” Erdogan said.

After the bilateral signature for the creation of a High Level Strategic Cooperation Council, the Turkish president said that Ankara will stand by Tripoli to prevent Libya “from becoming a playground for terrorist groups and warlords.

Erdogan’s visit to Algeria will allow the strengthening of bilateral relations from an economic and investment point of view, while several Turkish companies work in Algerian territory, mainly in trade, construction and services.

Russia and Turkey advocate cessation of harassment in Libya

The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called on the parties in Libya to declare a ceasefire since Sunday, January 12.

“I would like to emphasize a call – which Presidents Putin and Erdogan have addressed to all Libyan parties – to cease hostilities and declare a ceasefire starting Sunday, January 22,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the meeting held by the leaders in Istanbul.

For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mavlut Cavusoglu ratified this position in favor of the cessation of hostilities in Libya, where the Government of National Agreement (GNA), based in Tripoli, and the House of Representatives (HoR), with headquarters in Tobruk, with support from the Libyan National Army (LNA) of General Khalifa Haftar.

The fighting in Libya continues after the military aggression of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2011 and the assassination of leader Muammar Ghadafi.

Turkey recently intervened in favor of the GNA and sent ground troops to the nation of North Africa, while Russia has maintained communications with Haftar and rejects foreign intervention in the conflict.

Meanwhile, the GAN attacked on Wednesday positions occupied by its opposition in Sirte and caused 10 deaths.

President Trump threatens to destroy Turkey’s economy

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, threatened on Wednesday his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to destroy the economy of the Eurasian country while maintaining his troops in Syria.

“You don’t want to be responsible for killing thousands of people, and I don’t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy, and I will do it.” “I’ve worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don’t let the world down. You can do a great deal,” Trump says in a letter leaked by US media.

After the publication of the letter, it is expected that the president of the United States will apply economic sanctions against members of the Erdogan Government, stop negotiations on a $100 billion trade agreement with Turkey and increase steel tariffs by 50%.

However, Trump tells his counterpart that the commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Kobani, is willing to negotiate and “is willing to make concessions that they never would have made in the past,” he added.

“History will look favorably on you if you do this in a correct and humane way. It will consider you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen. Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be silly!” Concludes the US president.

From the Presidency of Turkey, they reported that on October 22, President Erdogan will hold a meeting with Putin to discuss the fight against terrorism and the political process in Syria.

President Erdogan: Nuclear weapons must be eradicated

Erdogan said on Tuesday that the debates about inequality between countries with nuclear weapons and those that do not have them constitute a sufficient criterion to undermine the balance of the world.

“We are concerned that weapons of mass destruction are used as an element of power in all crises, rather than being completely eradicated. The possession of nuclear weapons must be prohibited for all or allowed for all,” said the Turkish president.

During his speech in plenary, Erdogan showed four maps that show the illegal occupation of the Israeli regime in Palestinian territory, “Where was Israel in 1947 and where is it now?”

In that regard, the head of state called on the United Nations Organization (UN) to support the rights of Palestine and criticized the role played by the Security Council of the agency in dealing with the issue, so he proposed to reform it.

“The world is much bigger than just five,” said Erdogan, referring to the five countries that make up the United Nations Security Council (United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom).

President Erdogan reiterated that global injustice causes world pain, “it is unacceptable that a part of the world lives luxuriously while people from other places suffer as a result of poverty, misery and illiteracy,” he said.