Turkish PM meets with UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Turkish PM Davutoglu has met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Grandi in Istanbul to discuss refugee crisis

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu shakes hand with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi at Dolmabahce in Istanbul, Turkey on January 16, 2016.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discussed the refugee crisis with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi during a meeting at the premier’s Dolmabahce office in Istanbul on Saturday.

Turkey is the largest refugee hosting country in the world. Around 2.5 million Syrians and hundreds of thousands of others, notably from Iraq live in Turkey, according to the United Nations.

Earlier Saturday, Grandi visited the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants in Istanbul.

On Friday, Grandi also visited a refugee camp in southeastern Turkey, where he described his trip as "A visit to the front line in the world's largest refugee crisis."

Grandi said he chose Turkey for his first visit as High Commissioner to send a message to the world that this country was doing a wonderful job in handling the huge number of displaced people.

The Syrian civil war has claimed more than 250,000 lives since 2011 and turned the country into the world's largest source of refugees and displaced persons.