“May meet with Taliban Leader”, Turkish President

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

12th Aug, 2021. 12:26 pm
Turkish Presiden

ANKARA: On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that he may meet with the leader of the insurgent group of Taliban in an effort to help ensure peace in Afghanistan.

In less than a week, the Taliban have taken control of more than a fifth of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals.

Turkey has troops in Afghanistan as part of a NATO mission and has volunteered to protect the key Kabul airport until US troops depart by the end of August.

The discussions between Turkish and American officials are still continued and Turkey claims it will secure the airport if diplomatic, financial, and logistical demands were satisfied.

“The latest developments and the situation of the Afghan public are really, really troubling,” Erdogan said during a televised interview with CNN Turk.

“Maybe I will even be in a position to receive the person who is their leader,” Erdogan said, after referring to efforts by Turkish officials for talks with the Taliban.

Last month, Erdogan stated that Turkey will conduct talks with the Taliban as part of the peace process.

“Why? Because if we do not get control of things like this at a high level, it won’t be possible to secure peace this time in Afghanistan,” he added.

Erdogan’s more immediate domestic issue is the fear of the Turkish public wave of people fleeing Afghanistan as the insurgent group wins greater control of the nation.

Turkey hosts 3.6 million Syrian refugees, and as the Turkish economy begins to deteriorate, the animosity of them has increased, with the main opposition demanding their deportation.

“Whether at the border with Iran or Iraq, our walls are rising significantly right now. These rising walls are to prevent illegal migration to our country,” he said.

Before September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States by Afghanistan-based Taliban-backed Al-Qaeda, US President Joe Biden ordered the US troops to leave Afghanistan.

 

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