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President Erdogan: Taliban’s actions will determine Afghanistan’s future

Ankara in ‘close dialogue’ with all parties in Afghanistan to attain stability in country, says President Erdogan. But Turks don't appear very happy with Taliban as they wanted to maintain presence on Kabul airport but Taliban are not permitting that.

The Taliban’s actions and not words will determine the future Afghanistan process, the Turkish president said on Wednesday.

Addressing ambassadors at a ceremony marking the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Malazgirt, which marks the beginning of the first Turkish settlements in Anatolia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish government approaches the messages from Taliban leaders with cautious optimism for now.

Underlining the importance of attaining stability in Afghanistan, Erdogan said Ankara continues to be in “close dialogue” with all parties in the country with this purpose.

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He also stressed the importance of forming an all-inclusive government in Afghanistan and said the priority in the war-torn country should be to fill the authority gap to ensure public safety and normalization.

Touching on the urgent needs of Afghans, including food, the Turkish president said that the coronavirus pandemic, drought, and financial problems took a heavy toll on the public.

“The international community must help Afghanistan in this tough time and show solidarity, regardless of who governs the country,” he remarked.

Turkish troops and diplomats have been making extraordinary efforts to ensure order at the airport and maintain evacuation operations, he said.

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Speaking on the matter of refugees, Kalin said: “We have taken new measures to prevent illegal migration. Turkey is no one’s migration warehouse.”

He pointed out that in the case of a migration wave, neighbouring and bordering countries will be affected first and urged the international community to take responsibility for migration.

“Turkey has done its part on the migration and refugees issue. It is neither possible nor likely to receive a new load after this.”

Read more: Pakistan and Russia not “racist” against Afghan refugees – Andrew Korybko

Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers who want to cross into Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.

Turkey, which already hosts 4 million refugees, more than any country in the world, is taking new security measures within and on borders to prevent a fresh influx of migrants.

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Anadolu with additional input by GVS News Desk