Taliban delegation in Ankara for talks with Turkish officials

Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister and other ministers will meet with “senior Turkish officials” to discuss bilateral relations, aid, migration, air transport and trade.

A high-level Taliban delegation arrived in Turkey’s capital for talks as Afghanistan’s new government continues a diplomatic push of support and recognition.

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said on Twitter Thursday that Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and other ministers would meet with “senior Turkish officials” to discuss “issues of mutual concern. “including aid, migration, air transport and trade.

Balkhi said the invitation was extended by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The visit comes a day after Cavusoglu told reporters that he and ministers from other countries plan to visit Afghanistan’s capital Kabul to talk with the Taliban, who took over the country in August.

It also follows days of talks in Qatar, where the group called on US and European officials to end the country’s isolation, including easing financial restrictions that it says are paralyzing the country.

NATO member Turkey maintained its embassy in Afghanistan after Western countries withdrew after the Taliban takeover, and has urged those countries to step up engagement. At the same time, he said he will only work fully with the Taliban if he forms a more inclusive administration.

Turkey has also been working with Qatar to help operate the airport in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul and reopen it for international travel.


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