Coun­tries I did not name were sup­port­ing the Syr­ian Kur­dish mili­tia and the IS in a bid to pre­vent democ­racy in Syria and for their ‘dirty cal­cu­la­tions’ in the re­gion’’.

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Syria and for their “dirty cal­cu­la­tions” in the re­gion. He also an­nounced —Er­do­gan that his gov­ern­ment would al­low Syr­ian refugees in Turkey to take on Turk­ish cit­i­zen­ship.He said, “We are go­ing to help our Syr­ian friends in of­fer­ing them the chance, if they want it, to ac­quire Turk­ish na­tion­al­ity.”

Syr­ian refugees liv­ing in Turkey Tayyip Er­do­gan has sig­nalled, a plan that has sparked con­tro­versy at home. “I want to an­nounce some good news,” me­dia quoted Er­do­gan as say­ing late Satur­day at a din­ner to break the Ra­madan fast on the Syr­ian bor­der. “We are go­ing to help our Syr­ian friends in of­fer­ing them the chance, if they want it, to ac­quire Turk­ish na­tion­al­ity.” The in­te­rior min­istry will shortly an­nounce

He did not spec­ify whether all of the 2.7 mil­lion Syr­i­ans that Turkey is host­ing would be able to ap­ply, and gave no de­tails on el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria or how long the process would take.

“We re­gard you as our broth­ers and sis­ters — you are not far from your home­land, but only from your homes and your land,” Er­do­gan told a group of Syr­ian refugees in Kilis.

“Turkey is also your home­land.” Ankara has re­fused to grant refugee sta­tus to Syr­i­ans who have fled the dev­as­tat­ing war across the bor­der since 2011, re­fer­ring to them as “guests”. Only a se­lect group have been granted work per­mits and res­i­dency. The coun­try’s open-door pol­icy to Syr­ian refugees was ini­tially a source of pride for many Turks.—Agen­cies

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