Turkey’s Erdogan says Taliban ought to finish ‘occupation’ in Afghanistan


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stated on Monday that the Taliban ought to “end the occupation of their brothers’ soil”, and performed down a warning from the militant group of penalties if Turkish troops stay in Afghanistan to run Kabul airport.

The Taliban dominated Afghanistan with an iron fist from 1996 to 2001 and have fought for 20 years to topple the Western-backed authorities in Kabul and reimpose Islamic rule. They are making a recent push now to realize territory as overseas forces pull out.

“(The Taliban) need to end the occupation of their brothers’ soil and show the world that peace is prevailing in Afghanistan right away,” Erdogan advised reporters earlier than leaving for a visit to northern Cyprus.

He stated the Taliban’s approach was not the best way that Muslims ought to take care of one another.

Also learn: The Taliban, Turkey and Afghanistan’s army state of affairs

Ankara, which has supplied to run and guard Kabul airport within the capital after NATO withdraws, has been in talks with the United States on monetary, political and logistical assist for the deployment. 

Last week the Taliban warned Turkey in opposition to these plans to maintain some troops in Afghanistan to run the airport, calling the technique reprehensible and warning of penalties. 

“In the statement made by the Taliban there is no phrase ‘We don’t want Turkey’,” Erdogan stated when requested in regards to the feedback.

Separately, Erdogan stated that he hoped to lift in talks with US President Joe Biden at this yr’s U.N. General Assembly the difficulty of worldwide recognition for Kosovo and would suggest joint work on the difficulty to extend the variety of international locations which recognise it.

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