LAST MINUTE NEWS … Statement by Minister Çavuşoğlu: Will Turkey recognize the Taliban?

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Developments in Afghanistan are on the world’s agenda.

TalibanAs the flight and evacuation of the country continues, Ankara is also following developments closely.

Çavuşoğlu answered journalists’ questions on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.


Asked about his perspective on efforts to form a government in Afghanistan and the recognition of the government to be formed, Çavuşoğlu stressed that they should first see how the government will be formed.

Noting that they are in talks with all countries to ensure that the attitudes and messages to be conveyed on this issue are the same, Çavuşoğlu said:

“They say, ‘We are going to form an inclusive government.’ We need to see whether a truly inclusive government will be formed or not. We will act in concert with the international community. The messages we will send and the actions we will take will be There will be a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Friday. Coordinate and work with the international community. ”We must act. It wouldn’t be right to make a decision now. “


Çavuşoğlu said, “How is contact with the Taliban established, is there a meeting with representatives of the Taliban?” When asked, he said they invited the political wing of the Taliban to Turkey before entering Kabul.

Recalling that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on his TV show that he could meet with representatives of the Taliban, Çavuşoğlu said, “We communicate through different channels. We have contacts both in Kabul and in Doha, and they should be. Abdullah, Hekmetyar and former President Karzai and others are among them. The commission began to negotiate to form a government. This is their main priority now. Gave the information.

“There are also those who want to stay”

Stating that they contacted Turkish citizens in Afghanistan one by one by phone, Çavuşoğlu said they were trying to bring those asking citizens to the country through the coordination and support center, such as during the epidemic period.

Noting that there are also citizens who want to stay in Afghanistan, Çavuşoğlu said:

“There are also citizens who say ‘I want to go’. Those who want to leave go to the airport. There we make sure that our soldiers and friends from the Foreign Ministry come to Turkey. There are around 1,500 Turks. citizens in Afghanistan. They do not all come, the number of those who want to return changes.


Noting that they also assisted in the evacuation of other countries, Çavuşoğlu said, “Many countries apply to us. We also thank our soldiers for Turkey’s role there.”

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