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The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks at Chatham House in central London, Britain. Photo by Henry Nicholls...

Turkey’s president says country has no capacity for more refugees

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.

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