The current approach of the Taliban and their interim government is not comprehensive, but Turkey is ready to work with them if the armed group forms a more inclusive government, said President Tajip Erdogan.
NATO member Turkey has worked with Qatar to operate Kabul airport for international travel after the Taliban took power and foreign countries withdrew from Afghanistan.
Turkey welcomed the Taliban’s initial messages, but said it would appreciate the group’s commitment and recognition based on their actions.
“Looking at the Taliban approach now, unfortunately a comprehensive leadership has not been formed,” Istanbul-based broadcaster Haberturk quoted Erdogan as telling reporters after attending the UN General Assembly in New York.
“At the moment, there are only a few signs of the possibility of some change, that there may be a more inclusive atmosphere in the leadership,” Erdogan said.
Erdogan’s comments came after Turkish Ambassador to Kabul Jihad Erginay met with Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.
Erginay said on Twitter that he pledged “Turkey’s continued support for the Afghan people and commitment to building on our historic ties.”
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