Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in response to EU sanctions over Cyprus, cautioned European Union on Tuesday (November 12) that his country could discharge all the terrorist Islamic State group prisoners it holds and send them to Europe.
Speaking to reporters before leaving on a visit to the United States, Erdogan also said Turkey would continue sending back foreign Islamic State militants to their home countries, even if those countries decline to take them back. Erdogan’s statement was in response to the EU’s reveal on Monday (November 11) of a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over its unauthorized gas drilling in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus. Erdogan warned EU countries:
“You should revise your stance toward Turkey, which holds so many IS members in prison and controls them in Syria.”
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17 November, 2019