Turkey’s ambassador to Afghanistan met with the acting deputy prime minister of the new Taliban-led caretaker government and assured him that bilateral relations between Kabul and Ankara will continue to strengthen, an official statement said on Wednesday.
Ambassador Cihad Erginay and Abdul Salam Hanafi of the Taliban “underscored the strong ties between the Turkish and Afghan peoples and reaffirmed their commitments to further strengthen relations between our sister nations”, during the meeting, the embassy said. Turkey on Twitter.
Erginay also met with the Taliban’s acting trade minister, Nooruddin Azizi, in a bid to boost bilateral trade.
“They (Erginary and Azizi) expressed their joint commitment to boosting bilateral trade volume as well as increasing industrial production and discussed ways to achieve these goals,” the embassy tweeted.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last month that Ankara stands ready to help Afghanistan recover from years of conflict and turmoil if the nation strives to achieve unity and solidarity.
“What concerns us as Turkey is that Afghanistan recovers quickly… We are ready to provide all kinds of support for Afghanistan’s unity and solidarity as long as it is reciprocal “, Erdoğan said.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA) on the latest developments in his country, Hanafi recently said that Afghanistan expects Turkey to provide help and support to the Afghan people.
Regarding Afghanistan’s expectations from Turkey, Hanafi said: “We expect from the Turkish people that the institutions and people who do humanitarian aid and charity work help the Afghan people on various issues. We expect them to help the Afghan people in education, health and all areas where people are needed.
He also called on Turkey to be the first country to officially recognize the new administration in Afghanistan.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced on Monday that humanitarian aid would be delivered to Afghanistan by land via Pakistan, as it is faster and cheaper.
When asked if there had been any contact with the Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, Çavuşoğlu said: “There is a meeting at the level of ambassadors. We haven’t been there yet, they haven’t They haven’t come. They need humanitarian aid, food, medicine and winter is coming. We talk about these needs.
Erdoğan also recently stressed the importance of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, which he called crucial to reaching an agreement regarding the operation of Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport.
“The government in Afghanistan is not inclusive, does not encompass all the different factions. As long as that is the question, we will not be present in Afghanistan, but if the government becomes more inclusive, we can be there, present, as Turkey,” Erdoğan told US television station CBS News in an interview. published on Sunday.
Turkey had planned to help secure and manage Kabul airport ahead of the Taliban’s rapid capture of the Afghan capital last month. Negotiations also took place this summer between Turkish and American officials on the subject, but after the return of the Taliban, the Turkish troops stationed in the country withdrew. Turkey’s withdrawal alongside other NATO forces followed the end of the United States’ longest military conflict last month.
The fall of Kabul shattered plans, but Turkey had been in talks with the Taliban on terms under which it could help operate the airport.
The Turkish government has taken a pragmatic approach to recent events in Afghanistan. Stressing that new realities have emerged in Afghanistan, Ankara said it would move forward accordingly while keeping communication open with all relevant actors.