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Turkey vows to ensure Pakistan's support for Afghan peace

Turkish envoy meets Afghan foreign minister in Kabul, pledges Ankara's continued support after NATO withdrawal

Shadi Khan Saif   | 18.06.2021
Turkey vows to ensure Pakistan's support for Afghan peace Photo Credit: Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

KABUL, Afghanistan

Turkey has assured Afghanistan that it would take steps to secure peace in the long war-torn country, including by ensuring support from its neighbor, Pakistan, for this process, Afghan authorities have said.

Turkey's Ambassador to Kabul Cihad Erginay called Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar on Thursday morning, according to a statement by Foreign Ministry.

During his conversation with Erginay, Atmar emphasized the importance of Ankara's constructive role in the success of the Afghan peace process, given Turkey's regional and international position.

For his part, Erginay spoke of Turkey's cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields in the light of the recent NATO Summit Declaration on the continuation of support after the ongoing withdrawal of NATO-led international forces from the country, it added.

According to the statement, Erginay assured Ankara's continued support and clarified that Turkey's armed forces would withdraw from Afghanistan to achieve lasting peace and stability.

The Turkish government is working to attract the support of regional countries, especially Pakistan, to achieve lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, it added.

Taking charge last month, the newly assigned Turkish diplomat in Kabul has so far held a series of introductory meetings with senior Afghan officials, politicians and civil society representatives, including vice president Amrullah Saleh, chairman High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib, former president Hamid Karzai, Hezb-e-Islami chief, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Jamiat-e-Islami chief Salahuddin Rabbani and top Afghan peace negotiator Masoom Stanekzai.

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