21 September 2020

Turkish foreign minister receives former Afghan VP

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The Turkish foreign minister on Wednesday hosted former Afghan vice president in the capital Ankara on Wednesday. reports citing Turkish media.

"Had a fruitful meeting w/former Vice President of #Afghanistan Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum. Will continue to stand by our Afghan brothers and sisters during the peace and reconciliation process," Mevlut Cavushoglu said on Twitter.

The two discussed Turkey's leading role in international efforts to achieve peace in Afghanistan, the Turkish diplomatic sources said.

Turkey is ready to contribute to the peace and reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban, which he sees as a historic opportunity to end the conflict that has been going on for more than 40 years in Afghanistan, Cavushoglu said, adding his country is also ready to host a next round of peace talks which are expected to be held in Doha first.

Turkey’s top diplomat emphasized that it was welcomed that the Afghan government released 5,000 Taliban prisoners as a confidence-building measure before the peace talks in terms of preparing the ground for intra-Afghan negotiations.

2020.08.12 / 19:51
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