"The main reason for the migration crisis is the war in Syria. Half of the population lost their homes, so they risk their lives and their children to find a new life. Can we stop them by police measures? I doubt it," Sinirlioglu said at a press conference in New York.
The top minister stated that it is first necessary to solve the root cause of the problem, and that means stopping the war in Syria.
He stressed that Syrian President Bashar Assad is unable to stabilize his country, and until he leaves office a political solution will not be found.
Apart from fighting so-called moderate opposition factions, supported by Ankara, Washington and a number of their allies, Syrian government forces are also fighting extremist groups, including the Islamic State and the Nusra Front.