Turkish envoy meets Taliban leader in Doha

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DOHA

The Turkish ambassador to Qatar met on September 23 with the acting deputy foreign minister of the Taliban administration in Afghanistan, the Turkish embassy in Doha said.

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“Mr. Mustafa Göksu welcomed Sher M. Abbas Stanikzay, acting deputy foreign minister of the government announced by the Taliban, and the accompanying delegation to his office,” he said in a tweet, without providing further details.

A diplomatic source told Anadolu news agency that Göksu had discussed with Stanikzai “the latest developments in Afghanistan and ways to form an inclusive government to achieve stability.”

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the ambassador stressed that “Turkey wants the Afghan people to enjoy peace, and will not hesitate to help them with their expertise and capabilities.” .

The Taliban delegation expressed its hope to establish cordial and long-term relations between Afghanistan and Turkey, according to the source.

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-August and announced an interim government led by Hassan Akhund. World powers have urged the group to form a body that is representative of the country’s ethnic diversity.


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