Afghanistan Seeks to Strengthen Ties With Turkey

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KABUL: Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib during a meeting with Turkish ambassador in Kabul on Monday said that Afghanistan was looking forward to strengthening friendship relations with Turkey.



Cihad Erginay, who recently introduced as Turkish envoy to Afghanistan, met with a number of top Afghan officials, assuring them of Turkey’s continued support for the Afghan peace process and development in the war-weary country, Mohib stated in a tweet on Tuesday.



Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani praised Turkey’s efforts for peace in Afghanistan earlier this month as an UN-led conference on Afghan peace was expected to hold in Istanbul.



Upon request of the US, Turkey pledged to host a high-level international peace conference on Afghanistan in April, but the Taliban declined to attend, forcing Ankara to postpone it.



Instead, on April 23, a trilateral meeting of Pakistani, Afghan, and Turkish foreign ministers urged on the Taliban to come to the negotiation table and resume peace negotiations.
The three countries also reiterated their support for a peaceful, sovereign, independent, democratic, and united Afghanistan.