Last minute: statement on Afghanistan by Minister Çavuşoğlu and Minister Akar

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Regarding the recognition of the government that will be established in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said: “We need to see whether a truly inclusive government will be established or not. We will act with the international community. noted.

Çavuşoğlu answered journalists’ questions on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Stating that they contacted Turkish citizens in Afghanistan one by one by phone, Çavuşoğlu said they were trying to bring those asking citizens to the country through the coordination and support center, such as during the epidemic period.

Noting that there are also citizens who want to stay in Afghanistan, Çavuşoğlu said:

“There are also citizens who say ‘I want to go’. Those who want to leave go to the airport. There we make sure that our soldiers and friends from the Foreign Ministry come to Turkey. There are around 1,500 Turks. citizens in Afghanistan. They do not all come, the number of those who want to return varies. “We are also helping his evacuation. Many countries are asking us. We also thank our soldiers for Turkey’s role there.”

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Çavuşoğlu said, “How is contact with the Taliban established, is there a meeting with representatives of the Taliban?” When asked, he said they invited the political wing of the Taliban to Turkey before entering Kabul.

Recalling that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on his TV show that he could meet with representatives of the Taliban, Çavuşoğlu said, “We communicate through different channels. We have contacts both in Kabul and in Doha, and they should be. Abdullah, Hekmetyar and former President Karzai and others are among them. The commission began to negotiate to form a government. This is their main priority now. Gave the information.

Asked about his perspective on efforts to form a government in Afghanistan and the recognition of the government to be formed, Çavuşoğlu stressed that they should first see how the government will be formed.

Noting that they are in talks with all countries to ensure that the attitudes and messages to be conveyed on this issue are the same, Çavuşoğlu said:

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“They say, ‘We are going to form an inclusive government.’ We need to see whether a truly inclusive government will be formed or not. We will act in concert with the international community. The messages we will send and the actions we will take will be There will be a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Friday. Coordinate and work with the international community. ”We must act. It wouldn’t be right to make a decision now. “


Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said there had been no attack or intervention on the airport in Afghanistan and said: “Thanks to the work of TAF elements with elements from other countries. , the planes began to land and take off safely. 64 flights have been carried out in the last two days. “

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Akar responded to journalists’ questions about the latest developments in Afghanistan and the Turkish soldiers stationed at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Insisting that they took over 200 citizens of the Republic of Turkey out of Afghanistan yesterday after the events, Akar said: “We are working to keep the airport safe and to serve all Afghanistan. he said.

Stating that this matter will become clearer with the contacts to be made and that the final decision will be taken accordingly, Akar said: “As a result of the work of the TAF elements with the elements of other countries, the planes started to land and take off safely. 64 flights have been carried out in the last two days. In the meantime, various countries were also responsible for their own citizens. He continues to work on his evacuation from Afghanistan. noted.

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Noting that there has been no attack, harassment or intervention against the airport so far, Minister Akar said: “All precautions have been taken and continue to be taken for the safety of Mehmetçi. developments or if we feel such a situation, we have additional measures and necessary plans accordingly. We will also put them into practice. ” he said.

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Stressing that Turkey’s position on helping its Afghan brothers is known and appreciated by the whole world, Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said:

“We have been with our Afghan brothers since 2002. NATO was also arguing at that time, saying, ‘When are you leaving? We have always said, “We will stay here as long as our Afghan brothers want.” “We have common historical values. Our business continues in a way that suits our noble nation and our history. We operate in a controlled manner.”

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