Taliban’s foreign minister visits Turkey after intensive talks in Doha

Taliban’s foreign minister visits Turkey after intensive talks in Doha
Taliban’s foreign minister visits Turkey after intensive talks in Doha

A Taliban delegation headed by the Afghan Foreign Minister, Mullah Amir Khan Muttaki, headed to Turkey today, Thursday, to hold talks with the Turkish leadership on issues of concern to the two countries.

The Taliban said in a statement that a high-level delegation headed by the caretaker Foreign Minister, Amir Mottaki, went to Turkey, at the invitation of Turkish Foreign Minister Davut Cavusoglu.

The statement confirmed that the delegation will meet, during the visit, senior Turkish officials to discuss issues including improving bilateral relations, trade, and humanitarian aid, in addition to the issue of refugees and air navigation.

The statement stated that the delegation also includes, Mullah Abdul Haq Watheq, Mawlawi Noor Jalal Jalali, Mawlawi Shihab al-Din Dawar, Muhammad Suhail Shaheen, Haji Muhammad Ibrahim, and Abdul Qahar Balkhi.

In parallel, the Russian “TASS” news agency quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying today, Thursday, that a delegation from the “Taliban movement” will arrive in Moscow next week for talks on the so-called Moscow formula on Afghanistan.

Over the past few days, the Taliban’s foreign minister has held intensive negotiations with US and European representatives, in addition to Qatari officials in Doha.

Among the most important things that were discussed during the meeting, was the implementation of the Doha Agreement signed with Washington in February 2020, the delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, and the opening of a new page in relations between Kabul and Washington.

Mottaki held a meeting with the ambassadors and delegates of European countries, and discussed with them the situation in Afghanistan, especially the humanitarian situation, and urged them to deliver humanitarian relief and complete the incomplete projects that were financed by European institutions and countries.

In a speech to the meeting, Mottaki said that “the continuation of the cycle of war in Afghanistan is not in anyone’s interest,” warning that “weakening Afghanistan will have dire consequences for the region and the world, including security repercussions and the refugee crisis.”

Mottaki called on the countries of the world to lift the freeze on Afghan assets so that living and economic matters in Afghanistan would return to normal.

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