“Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground,” Erdogan said at an event for Turkish journalists in Ankara, in comments broadcast live on national television.
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“While there has been a major decrease in the overall numbers of children on the move into Europe since last March, there has been an increase in the threats and distress refugee and migrant children endure,” said Afshan Khan UNICEF Regional Director and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe.
“If you want, we could open way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind” of Europe, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.
President Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking Turkish voters’ support in an April 16 referendum on boosting his powers as head of state, has previously accused the Dutch government of acting like “Nazi remnants” for barring his ministers from addressing expatriate Turks to drum up votes.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says the reform will provide stability at a time of turmoil and prevent a return to the fragile coalitions of the past.
Turkish President Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed in phone call overnight to act jointly against ISIS in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa.
Turkey’s parliament has voted in favor in a first round ballot on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday to press on with debate about a constitutional reform package that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan
“Turkish government should know that the blood of Muslims shed with airplanes and artillery fire will ignite a fire in their own land,” Islamic State said.
Turkey News: 39 people were killed early New Year’s Day after a gunman opened fire inside Reina, a popular Istanbul nightclub, local officials said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, “They (West) are supporting all terror groups — YPG, PYD, Daesh (IS). It’s quite clear, perfectly obvious.”
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, “The EU should decide whether it wants to continue its future vision with or without Turkey.”
“Turkey is too important to us,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
“Turkey is an EU candidate and that means they have to accept that we apply higher standards,” said European Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
“Brother, we don’t care about your red line. It’s the people who draw the red line. What importance does your line have,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
2 co-mayors of Diyarbakir the biggest Kurdish-majority city in southeast Turkey have been arrested as part of a terrorism enquiry, security officials said.
Most were dismissed from service on their arrival, arrested and imprisoned, according to a Turkish military official at NATO and two farewell letters.
European Commission disagrees: “Suggestions to the contrary, including on financial support for refugees in Turkey, are simply not correct and not helpful.”
“It would be in Turkey’s benefit to extend state of emergency for three months,” Erdogan said. “They say one year isn’t right for Turkey.
“No democratic state can or will allow mayors and parliamentarians to supply the municipality’s resources to finance terrorist organizations,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.