Erdogan says 2-3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Europe can be resettled in ‘safe zone’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that a planned "safe zone" in northern Syria could host 2-3 million Syrian refugees that have settled in Turkey and Europe after eight years of war at home.
Addressing academics in Ankara, Erdogan also repeated that Ankara would act on its own if the zone, planned jointly with the United States in Syria's northeast, bears no results.
"Through making east of Euphrates a safe place, and depending on the depth of this safe zone, we can resettle 2-3 million displaced Syrians currently living in our country and Europe," he said.
"We want to see strong support from European countries, both on the issues of Idlib and the region east of Euphrates. We are full for words, and we expect action," Erdogan added.
Turkey hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees. Its troops are also stationed in Syria's northwest Idlib region,...