“Turkish Council” declares its support for permanent peace in Afghanistan

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The foreign ministers of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking Countries (Turkish Council) announced their support for lasting peace in Afghanistan.

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This came in a joint statement on Monday, following the emergency meeting of the foreign ministers of the Turkish Council on Afghanistan in Istanbul.

The statement indicated that the foreign ministers of the Turkish Council closely followed the developments in Afghanistan, which has close regional and cultural relations.

They reaffirmed the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan in line with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.

The statement stressed the importance of establishing an inclusive and participatory government that respects the human rights of all Afghan citizens without any discrimination in reference to the interim authority announced in Kabul on September 7, 2021.

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It stressed the need to prevent and combat terrorism in Afghanistan, and to ensure that Afghan territory is not used by any terrorist organization for the purposes of threatening or attacking another country.

It noted the serious harm caused by the illegal production and trafficking of drugs to the people of Afghanistan and the international community.

It expressed concern about the current situation of the Afghan economy and the risks to the livelihoods of citizens, especially with the sharp decline in economic activity.

In the statement, the ministers expressed their support for the international community’s efforts for stability and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

In addition to their willingness to contribute to all initiatives that would support efforts to bring lasting peace, national reconciliation, stability, and development to the Afghan people.

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They also stressed the importance of ensuring the safety and security of diplomatic missions in accordance with international principles.

And the need to take effective measures in Afghanistan to prevent and combat the activities of terrorist organizations such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

The “Turkish Council”, established on October 3, 2009, includes Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, in addition to Hungary as an observer.