Turkey no hotel for other countries' ISIS terrorists, Interior Minister Soylu says

  • 16:56 02 November 2019

Turkey no hotel for other countries' ISIS terrorists, Interior Minister Soylu says

Turkey is not a hotel for any country's terrorists and IT will send all detained ISIS members back to their home countries, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said Saturday, as European countries continue to refuse to repatriate citizens who fought for the terrorist group in Syria, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

"Countries can't just revoke the citizenship of such ex-terrorists and expect Turkey to take care of them; this is unacceptable to us and it's also irresponsible," Soylu told reporters.

He noted that the Netherlands was not the only country to revoke the citizenship of ISIS fighters, recalling that the U.K. and others have also followed similar paths to avoid taking responsibility.

Soylu's remarks follow reports that two female Dutch terrorists were detained after visiting the Dutch Embassy in Ankara, after having asked to be sent back to their homeland. The Netherlands has clearly stated that it does not want ISIS terrorists back.

Soylu also noted that Turkey has nabbed around 100,000 illegal migrants since January.

"Authorities detain around 400-500 irregular migrants on a daily basis in Istanbul alone," Soylu said, highlighting Turkey's determination to tackle illegal migration.

He also slammed Europe for adopting an "inhumane" migration policy for refusing to take in asylum seekers.

Turkey currently hosts some 3.6 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world. Ankara has so far spent $40 billion for the refugees, according to official figures.

The number of ISIS terrorists released by the PKK's Syrian affiliate People's Protection Units (YPG) is said to be close to 750. 265 of those terrorists have surrendered and are now under the control of the Turkish army.