US should do more on Afghan refugees after pullout: Erdogan

Untold India September 23, 2021

NEW YORK: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the US should do more regarding a further influx of refugees in the wake of the refugee crisis that followed the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. Erdogan told CBS News that “right now” the US has failed to meet its obligations on Afghanistan. “We have more than 300,000 Afghan refugees, and we will no longer be able to afford to welcome any more Afghan refugees in Turkey,” he said in the interview that will be aired Sunday. Asked if the US needs to do more, Erdogan responds: “Of course, the United States should do a lot, and should invest a lot. “Because, the United States has been there for the last 20 years but why is there first? These questions should be answered by the United States,” he added. Erdogan said last month that Turkey will not be a refugee warehouse of any country and will reinforce borders against an influx of refugees.-AA

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Jordan’s king reiterates support for 2-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict in UN speech

Untold India September 23, 2021

ISTANBUL: King Abdullah II of Jordan reiterated his support for the two-state solution to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict during his address Wednesday to the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. “It is not possible to achieve actual security for both parties and even for the entire world, except through peace based on the two-state solution, which leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state,” said Abdullah. He reiterated Jordan’s commitment “to preserve the historical and legal status quo of the (occupied Palestinian) city of Jerusalem, and its Islamic and Christian sanctities, based on the Hashemite guardianship over them,” as provided by international law. The Hashemite custodianship refers to the Jordan royal family’s role in guarding Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. Peace talks between Palestinian and Israel collapsed in 2014 after Israel retracted its decision to release a fourth batch of prisoners, and refused to halt settlement plans. Another reason behind the failure was Israel’s refusal to make 1967 borders the basis for negotiating the establishment of a Palestinian state. Abdullah also encouraged international assistance to Lebanon to save the Arab nation from the “critical” situation it is experiencing. “Lebanon is facing a critical humanitarian and economic situation,” he said. “The Lebanese people need our full support.” For the past few months, Lebanon has been suffering from an acute shortage of fuel due to the lack of sufficient foreign exchange which has affected imports, causing frequent power cuts and a severe fuel shortage. Lebanon has witnessed a severe economic crisis in the past two years that has left it on the verge of financial collapse.-AA

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