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Int'l community should continue to interact with Taliban: Turkish foreign minister

Mevlut Cavusoglu, counterparts discuss irregular migration, humanitarian situation in Afghanistan at virtual G20 meeting

Betül Yürük   | 23.09.2021
Int'l community should continue to interact with Taliban: Turkish foreign minister A view from the Afghan capital Kabul on September 17, 2021 after Taliban takeover. Since the Taliban take over Kabul last month, people have been attempting to sell their wares alongside Kabul streets. Many who are selling their household items need funds to flee Afghanistan or because they have no money to survive. ( Wali Sabawoon - Anadolu Agency )

ANKARA 

The international community should continue to engage with Afghanistan, Turkey’s foreign minister said Wednesday.

Mevlut Cavusoglu and his counterparts exchanged opinions on irregular migration and the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan as part of a virtual G20 foreign ministers meeting hosted by the Italian chair of the intergovernmental forum.

Cavusoglu attends the online meeting at the level of Foreign Ministers, organized by Italy, the G-20 Term President

Turkey's ambassador to Afghanistan and the Taliban's acting foreign affairs minister held talks earlier in the day on humanitarian aid, health, Afghan refugees and students.  

​​​​​​​Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Amir Khan Muttaqi asked Turkish envoy Cihad Erginay to complete Ankara’s projects in Afghanistan, emphasizing the desire to maintain relations and cooperation.

The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan after taking Kabul on Aug. 15, forcing President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials to leave the country.

The unexpected power grab triggered a rush to flee Afghanistan, including civilians who assisted foreign soldiers or groups and now fear the Taliban’s retribution. ​​​​​​​

*Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara



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