The travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump is “a denial of its own history on behalf of the US,” Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said to state-run Anadolu Agency.
“There are 3 million refugees in Turkey,” he said. “We look at them as human beings only. We try to provide them a future, education and health care. Our culture as well as our historical roots demand this from us.”
The Deputy Prime Minister’s words were perhaps also meant as a reply, however contradicting, to a recent report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which showed that more than 40 per cent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are missing out on education.
Germany was the target of harsh criticism by the Deputy Prime Minister. “Germany has opened her arms to all sorts of terrorists that have given Turkey a headache,” Kaynak said, referring to the asylum-seekers of the post-coup attempt period as well as to members of Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) residing in Germany.
The safety of our nation and our people is the top priority of the Turkish Republic. The EU has to consider this. If Turkey softens the struggle against terrorism, that will put Europe’s own safety at risk. Turkey will never soften the struggle against terrorism.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara tomorrow.