Erdoğan calls for G20 working group on Afghanistan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday said the world did not have the luxury of turning its back on Afghanistan while calling for the creation of a working group on the country under the G20, T24 news site reported.
The Turkish leader said Turkey would be ready to lead such a working group during a video conference at the G20 extraordinary meeting on Afghanistan, T24 said.
"Ensuring security and stability in Afghanistan as soon as possible is of critical importance not only at the regional but also at the international level," the Turkish president said.
The Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August, two weeks before the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country. Turkey, which has maintained a non-combat military role in Afghanistan with around 500 troops in the country for the last two-decades, had been negotiating with the United States to continue operating Kabul airport and to provide security there.
Ankara has then made the same offer to the Taliban, saying that would help the Islamic group establish international legitimacy.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Tuesday said he may soon visit the Afghan capital Kabul with a number of counterparts from friendly countries.
“We follow the situation in Afghanistan closely. We are planning to go to Kabul with some other foreign ministers soon," state-run Anadolu news agency cited Çavuşoğlu as saying during a joint news conference with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi in Ankara.
"We will plan for this in the coming days,” the Turkish official said.