Turkish and Iranian presidents call for inclusive Govt in Afghanistan

The Presidents of Iran and Turkey, in a joint statement, emphasized the creation of an inclusive, responsible, and accountable government to represent all the people of Afghanistan.

Ebrahim Raisi and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for ensuring security for the people of Afghanistan “without any ethnic or sectarian discrimination.”

Ebrahim Raisi visited Turkey on Wednesday and met with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, during his visit.

In the joint statement, the Presidents of Iran and Turkey stated that both countries assessed practical and constructive interaction with the current authorities in Afghanistan as important.

Despite their relations with the Taliban, Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran, like other countries, do not formally recognize this group.

The joint statement of the Presidents of both countries also mentioned a comprehensive fight against all terrorist groups, the production and trafficking of narcotics, human trafficking, illegal border crossings, and facilitating the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of all Afghan migrants to their country as among the topics of discussion.

During their meeting, Erdoğan and Raisi discussed various issues, including addressing the Gaza crisis, fighting terrorism and smuggling along their borders, economic cooperation, and enhancing transit networks.

Additionally, they focused on combating Islamophobia, ensuring Syrian peace, respecting the territorial integrity of Caucasian nations, and other regional concerns. Before issuing a joint statement, the two leaders held a two-hour meeting, followed by a press conference.

Raisi emphasized regional security, expressing doubts about the effectiveness of international organizations, while both leaders affirmed their support for Palestine and called for an end to Gaza attacks, advocating for lasting peace.

Turkish and Iranian presidents call for inclusive Govt in Afghanistan