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Afghanistan turmoil

Turkey cannot take new refugee burden, foreign minister says

Already hosts 3.7 million Syrian refugees in addition to around 300,000 Afghans

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Antalya, Turkey Aug. 29.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Turkey cannot take the burden of a new migrant wave from Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday after talks with his German counterpart, as concerns about a new migrant wave remain after the Taliban's taking of power.

The events in Afghanistan have fuelled worries in the European Union of a repeat of the 2015 refugee crisis, when nearly a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and beyond crossed to Greece from Turkey before travelling north to wealthier states.

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