Talks between Turkey and Taliban regarding Kabul airport blast

The Taliban had urged Turkey to provide technical assistance in running the Kabul airport. However, the Taliban also stipulated that Turkey would have to completely withdraw its forces from Kabul before it could help.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses relatives of victims, veterans and citizens after laying flowers to July 15 Monument during a ceremony marking the Democracy and National Unity Day at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey, on July 15, 2021. - A radically reshaped Turkey on July 15, 2021 marked five years since a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unleashed a sweeping political crackdown and mass arrests. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) (Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Turkey has held talks with the Taliban for the first time since the suicide bombings at Kabul airport. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the meeting also discussed the Taliban’s offer to help run the Kabul airport. He clarified that Turkey has not yet taken any final decision on whether or not to help the Taliban in the airport operation.

Taliban has sought technical help

Two days ago, the Taliban urged Turkey to provide technical assistance in running the Kabul airport. However, the Taliban also stipulated that Turkey would have to completely withdraw its forces from Kabul before it could help. After which Turkish officials feared that without any security, Turkish advisers would hardly be involved in the operation of Kabul airport.

The conversation lasted for three and a half hours

Erdogan said the talks took place in the military section of Kabul airport. Turkey has set up its temporary embassy in this area. Erdogan said that the talks between Turkey and the Taliban lasted about 3.5 hours. If need be, we will have the opportunity to have such talks again.

Erdogan gives knowledge on diplomacy

Responding to criticism over Turkey’s ties with the Taliban, Erdogan said Ankara has no intention of standing idly by given the volatile situation in the region. He also said that without talking you cannot know what their expectations are or what our expectations are. What is diplomacy my friend? That’s what diplomacy is.

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