Ankara, 28 August 2021 (Anadolu News)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan in a phone call, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
Cavusoglu also had a separate phone call with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
Turkish News Agency referring to Turkish Foreign Ministryt also reported that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will pay a working visit to Turkey on Sunday. “During the meetings, bilateral relations and Turkey-EU relations, as well as regional issues, particularly the developments in Afghanistan will be discussed,” said a ministry statement.
Turkey and Germany have both been busy evacuating their citizens from Afghanistan, as well as Afghans who worked with them, ahead of next Tuesday’s deadline, while also planning for a new era with the Taliban leading a government in Kabul.
The Taliban – which took over the Afghan capital Kabul on Aug. 15, along with almost the entire country – have set a deadline of next Tuesday, Aug. 31, for foreign forces to leave the country.
While Turkey has completed the evacuation of its forces, along with Turkish nationals and associated Afghans, the US is busy working to finish its evacuations before the deadline.