Turkey holds its first talks with the Taliban in Kabul

Turkey holds first talks with the Taliban in Kabul .Latestnews

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says dialogues are ongoing as Turkey considers a Taliban request to assist in running Kabul’s airport.
Turkey held its first meetings with the Taliban in Kabul on Friday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that Ankara was still evaluating the armed group’s offer to operate the international airport.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stated that negotiations took place at a military facility at Kabul’s airport, where Turkey’s embassy is temporarily stationed.
“We have concluded our first three-and-a-half-hour dialogue with the Taliban,” Erdogan told reporters. “We will have the opportunity to hold such discussions again if necessary.”
Turkey, a NATO member, has hundreds of troops in Afghanistan as part of the alliance’s operation and was responsible for the airport’s security for the previous six years.
Turkey had planned to assist in securing and operating Kabul’s primary airport but began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan on Wednesday, indicating that Ankara had abandoned this ambition.
Erdogan stated that the Taliban have expressed an interest in overseeing airport security and have offered Ankara to administer the airport’s logistics.
He said the suicide bombings outside the airport on Thursday that killed at least 110 people, including 13 US forces, demonstrated the critical nature of knowing the details of how the air hub will be secured.
Erdogan stated that peace in Kabul should be restored before deciding on the airport, adding that there was a risk of being “sucked in” to something difficult to explain, given the uncertainties surrounding the proposed mission.
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan earlier this month, Ankara has evacuated at least 350 soldiers and 1,400 civilians.
Erdogan, who recently criticized the Taliban for sweeping through the country on its way to Kabul, stated that Turkey was striving to complete evacuations and troop withdrawals as soon as feasible.

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