Mustafa Şentop, the speaker of the Turkish parliament, said that those who tried to transfer democracy to many other countries around the world left chaos there, citing the situation in Afghanistan.
This came in his speech to Turkish and Austrian journalists at the Turkish embassy in Vienna, on the sidelines of his participation in the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.
He added that people are forced to leave their countries because of the problems in them, adding:
“Turkey is not the cause of these problems, but it bears the consequences,” referring to the Afghan refugee waves.
He made it clear that closing the borders to helpless refugees is not Turkey’s policy.
Şentop described the refugee problem as a “global crisis” that must be resolved jointly by the international community.
He stressed the need to develop projects that would secure the lowest living conditions, stability, and prosperity for people in their countries and lands.
In another context, Şentop said that Turkey does not pursue economic interests in Afghanistan as some other countries do.
He pointed out that the cultural and historical relations between Turkey and Afghanistan have existed for more than 100 years.