Turkish Presidential Hopeful Says To Deport Millions of Syrian Refugees Back To Their Homeland If Elected

Turkish opposition leader and 2023 presidential hopeful, Kemal Kilicdaroglu on Tuesday said he will deport millions of Syrian refugees back to their homeland and also to reestablish ties with the Assad regime if he is elected as president of Turkey.

“Decision on refugees will be taken based on assurance from Assad that returnees would not be harmed,” Kilicdaroglu said, referring to to threats of disappearances and violence.

“If the United Nations needs to get involved, a 100% guarantee should be received from Assad,” Kilicdaroglu told Reuters.

Turkey is a home to over 3.7 million registered Syrian refugees, many of whom have escaped from Syrian regime oppression and violence. Fragile economic conditions also lead to the inflow of Syrian refugees to Turkey in order to escape starvation and extreme poverty.

Kilicdaroglu claimed that he would restore diplomatic ties with the Assad regime if he was elected in the next year’s presidential race. The incumbent Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly opposed the Assad regime and his government supporting the rebel groups who control large areas of northern Syria.

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