Putin and Erdogan conform to strengthen coordination on Afghan points -Kreml

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russia, May 3, 2017. REUTERS / Alexander Zemlianichenko / Pool

MOSCOW, August 21 (Reuters) – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan spoke on the phone about the situation in Afghanistan and agreed to strengthen bilateral coordination on Afghan issues, the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday.

The presidents stressed that the priorities are counter-terrorism and the fight against drug trafficking, the Kremlin said.

Taliban fighters took control of Kabul last weekend and brought thousands of civilians and Afghan military allies to safety. Continue reading

President Erdogan expressed hopes for a smooth transition in the country, saying it was important that the Taliban not repeat previous mistakes and keep their promises with an ethnically inclusive approach.

“The new government that is to be formed in Afghanistan should include the diversity of the Afghan people and be representative,” said Erdogan, according to a reading after Putin’s appeal.

On Wednesday, Erdogan said Turkey wanted to continue to maintain security at Kabul Airport after Taliban fighters took control of the Afghan capital. Continue reading

Reporting by Polina Devitt and Can Sezer; Adaptation by David Clarke and Jason Neely

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Comments are closed.