News ID: 316103
Published: 0133 GMT September 07, 2021

Turkey: World should not rush in recognizing Taliban

Turkey: World should not rush in recognizing Taliban

Afghan group says will have no ties with Israel

Turkey said on Tuesday there was "no need to rush" in recognizing the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan, adding that Ankara was still holding discussions about operating Kabul's strategic airport.

In a television interview, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu sounded a cautious note about Turkey's future relations with the Afghan group.

He said Afghanistan's new government needed to be "inclusive", adding that women and a range of ethnic groups should be given ministerial posts, AFP reported.

The Taliban on Monday claimed total control over Afghanistan, saying they had won the key battle for the Panjshir Valley, the last remaining holdout of resistance against their rule.

But Cavusoglu said the international community should take a wait-and-see approach before recognizing its rule, sounding a similar tone to one adopted by the European Union at a meeting last Friday.

"There is no need to rush," he said. "This is our advice to the entire world. We should act together with the international community."

Turkey has been holding talks with the Taliban in Kabul, where it still has a diplomatic presence, about the conditions under which it could help operate the Afghan capital's airport.

US officials say they no longer control the airspace in Afghanistan and that the main airport in Kabul, which the US military seized in August for evacuations, is in disrepair.

Cavusoglu said Turkey was working with Qatar and the US on the terms under which the airport could reopen to regular flights needed to deliver humanitarian aid, evacuate stranded civilians and reestablish diplomatic missions in Kabul.

But he said security remained a key sticking point, stressing that commercial flights could never resume until airlines – and their insurers – felt that conditions were sufficiently safe.

"In my view, the Taliban or Afghan forces could ensure security outside the airport," Cavusoglu said.

"But inside, there could be a security company trusted by the international community or all other companies," he said. "Even if airlines, including Turkish Airlines, are keen to fly there, insurance companies would not allow it."


Taliban ties with world

Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman said the group is ready to have relations with the United States that would serve the interests of both nations.

Suhail Shaheen told Sputnik in an interview on Tuesday that the militant group would welcome America’s possible involvement in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

“In a new chapter if America wants to have relations with us, which could be in the interest of both countries and both peoples, and if they want to participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, they are welcome,” Shaheen said.

He added that the Taliban will not have any relations with Israel but wants to maintain dialogue with all neighboring countries.

“Of course, we won’t have any relations with Israel. We want to have relations with other countries… We would like to have relations with all the regional nations and neighboring countries,” Shaheen said.

The spokesman expressed hope that the new Afghan government would be announced within a week.


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