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Turkey uses Afghan resettlement as bargaining chip with US | Source: The Arab Weekly

Migrants walk along the hardshoulder of a highway in the eastern Lake Van region of Turkey.

Turkey criticised a US programme to offer potential resettlement to Afghans who may be targets of Taliban violence due to their US affiliations, saying the move would cause a “great migration crisis” in the region. Experts say Ankara is seeking to use the transit of potential transferees via a third country as a bargaining chip in its strained relationship with the US. US-Turkish relations have been strained over issues ranging from Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems, to policy differences on Syria, Libya and the East Mediterranean.

Source: The Arab Weekly


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