Turkey Agrees to Accept Taliban Diplomats, Say Sources

7/18/2022

Turkey has agreed to accept Taliban diplomats and two of them will arrive in Istanbul soon, sources in Kabul and Ankara told Afghanistan International.

After Pakistan, Qatar, China, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Russia, Turkey is the seventh country to accept diplomats from the Taliban.

During the past week, a number of Taliban officials, including Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, Deputy Foreign Minister of the group, participated in the celebration of Turkey's Independence Day at the country's embassy in Kabul.

Earlier, Turkey had a military presence in Afghanistan within the framework of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and was one of the few countries that kept its embassy open in Kabul even after the Taliban takeover of the capital city in August 15, 2021.

Although the Taliban has pushed extensively to receive international recognition, so far, no country has agreed to recognize the group as a legitimate state.

The formation of an inclusive government, and commitment to human rights, and women rights are some of the preconditions of many countries for the recognition of the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

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