ISTANBUL, July 19 (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan stated on Monday that the Taliban ought to “finish 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’re making a recent push now to realize territory as international forces pull out.
“(The Taliban) want to finish the occupation of their brothers’ soil and present the world that peace is prevailing in Afghanistan instantly,” Erdogan advised reporters earlier than leaving for a visit to northern Cyprus.
He stated the Taliban’s method was not the best way that Muslims ought to cope with one another.
Ankara, which has provided to run and guard Kabul airport within the capital after NATO withdraws, has been in talks with the USA on monetary, political and logistical help for the deployment. read more
Final week the Taliban warned Turkey towards these plans to maintain some troops in Afghanistan to run the airport, calling the technique reprehensible and warning of penalties. read more
“Within the assertion made by the Taliban there isn’t a phrase ‘We do not need Turkey’,” Erdogan stated when requested concerning the feedback.
Individually, Erdogan stated that he hoped to lift in talks with U.S. President Joe Biden at this 12 months’s U.N. Common Meeting 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.
Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen and Daren Butler; Modifying by Dominic Evans
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