Have five kids not three, Turkey President Erdogan tells Turks in Europe
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 1:34
Ankara and Brussels nearly a year ago on March 18 signed a landmark deal that has substantially lessened the flow of migrants from Turkey to Europe.
However, senior EU officials have stated that Turkey is not delivering sufficiently on reforms to meet the terms of a migration deal that would allow Turks visa-free travel into the European Union, falling short specifically in the realm of appropriate terrorism legislation.
Ankara views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the Kurdish PKK militant group, which has fought an insurgency in Turkey's southeast since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group by both the United States and European Union.
A key pillar of the deal were pledges by Turkey to boost border security and break people-smuggling networks, moves that analysts say slowed the migrant flow to a trickle.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Haber Turk news channel that the top USA diplomat was likely to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim during the visit. Now they are talking about a readmission plan. But after that you'd expect us to do this [re-admit migrants].
Mr Erdogan's latest remarks follow a series of inflammatory comments about Germany and the Netherlands, including accusing them of Nazi-like behaviour for banning rallies. "They started a clash between the cross and the crescent, there is no other explanation", Erdogan said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Thursday said such remarks were "unacceptable".
A herd of Dutch cows have become caught up in a diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands.
Based on 90 percent of votes counted as of Thursday morning, Dutch PM Mark Rutte's center-right party won a majority - 33 out of 150 seats in parliament - eight less than in 2012, while Geert Wilders far-right party received 20 seats - five more than in the previous parliament. Mr Erdogan responded by saying that although he had won the election, he had lost Turkey's friendship.