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Turkey warns against Afghan peace talks sabotage

Turkey warns against Afghan peace talks sabotage

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Apr 08, 2018 - 21:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): On his maiden visit, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildiri announced his support for the peace process in Afghanistaninfo-icon, saying Ankara was ready to host talks between Kabul and Islamabad.

Heading a high level delegation, the Turkish premier arrived in Kabul on Sunday morning and held talks with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah.

The two leaders after their meeting appeared in a joint press conference, with Yildiri renewing Ankara’s commitment to continued assistance with Afghanistan in areas of economic, security and peace process.

He said Turkey and Afghanistan had “immense experience” in peaceful resolutions of disputes and his country desired to assist Afghanistan in achieving peace and stability. “We will not allow terrorists to derail the peace process,” said the Turkish prime minister.

Referring to the recent visit of Pakistaninfo-icon’s Prime Minister, Yildiri said “it is a huge and positive step” to work for peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  He said a trilateral meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey would be held soon in Turkey to discuss the Afghan peace process.

He made it clear that Ankara would take every step to help Afghanistan achieve peace and stability.

The Turkish leader said 150,000 illegal Afghan migrants entered their country in the past two years and they had created multiple problems for his country.

Answering a question about the deportations of Afghan migrants, the Turkish PM said he would discuss the refugees issue with Afghan officials.

Yildiri extended invitation to the CEO to attend the GSL meeting in Turkey next month. The CEO said Afghan diplomatic mission in Turkey had discussed the issue of Afghan migrants with Turkish authorities and had visited the Afghan asylum seekers. He added the process of refugees’ repatriation from Turkey was underway.

Yildirim also urged the Talibaninfo-icon to enter peace talks with the Kabul government. "Recently, the peace process, which Afghanistan put forward to completely resolve the terror issue in the country, is a very brave and a meaningful step," Yildirim said.

"Mostly, we expect Taliban to benefit from this historic opportunity. Now, it is time to move from the past and build the future."

Abdullah thanked Turkey for its role in ensuring peace and development in Afghanistan, and added Yildirim's visit to Kabul will further strengthen ties between the two countries.

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