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Turkish president, Greek premier discuss Afghanistan, migration

Erdogan, Mitsotakis voice hope for smooth transition in Afghanistan to avoid further migration pressures, says statement

Dilan Pamuk   | 20.08.2021
Turkish president, Greek premier discuss Afghanistan, migration

ANKARA

The president of Turkey and premier of Greece on Friday discussed recent developments in Afghanistan and the issue of migration in a phone call.

Turkey's Communications Directorate said in a statement that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis voiced their hopes for a smooth transition in Afghanistan as the war-torn country is once again going through a critical period.

Unless a transition period is ensured, migration pressures which had already reached high levels, will present a serious challenge for all, Erdogan told Mitsotakis, said the statement.

The Turkish president also underlined that the new government to be founded in Afghanistan should be inclusive and reflect the diversity of the Afghan people.

Taliban insurgents seized control of Afghanistan after taking Kabul on Aug. 15, with the president and other top officials leaving the country.

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

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