‘Ankara ready to build regional consensus on Afghan peace’


KABUL: Turkish Foreign Minister during a meeting with his Afghan counterpart on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference has said his country was ready to host Afghan peace talks, as well as work for building a consensus for the vital process in the region.

A statement from the Afghan Ministry of Foreign (MoFA) said that Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar met with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğl, on the sidelines of OIC’s 47th meeting in Niamey.

About the high level of violence in Afghanistan, Çavuşoğlu said his country wants an immediate ceasefire in Afghanistan.

He added that in addition to accelerating efforts to build a regional consensus on peace, Ankara was ready to host Afghan peace talks considering the latest developments in ongoing negotiations in Doha.

Mohammad Hanif Atmar termed Turkey’s support for Afghanistan as crucial in various areas, particularly in the peace process.

For his part, Atmar praised the long-standing ties between the two countries and said that the Afghan people were grateful for Turkey’s support for the Afghan peace process.