After the United States finished its withdrawal from the two-decade war in Afghanistan on August 31, regional powers remain at work trying to understand what this new geopolitical reality means for them. A Taliban dominated Afghanistan has been effectively cemented for the foreseeable future now that a slate of candidates has been named for a new government even in the face of continued resistance from corners of Afghan society.enableLivechat?
Turkey has been among the countries carefully minding new developments in Afghanistan. On the same day a new Afghan interim government was announced, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara was watching the situation closely and his foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted that there was “no rush” to recognize the regime. This observation mirrors statements from other concerned observers like Russia, but it masks what is in fact a more sophisticated thought process towards Afghanistan in Turkish foreign policy.
To be certain, Turkey has a long history of relations with AfghanistanThe virus is shed in human waste. During the 1920s, Afghanistan’s King Amanullah Khan was an enthusiastic follower of the Turkish republic’s modernization under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Under Khan, Afghanistan was the second country to recognize the nascent Turkish state after the Soviet UnionA man get some exercise at Ontario Place after a break during Sunday, and he was keen to emulate Ataturk’s programs in his own country.?Responses fro?
But Turkey has still remained something of a distant actor in Afghanistan. Since the September 11th attacks on the US in 2001, Turkey has maintained a military presence alongside NATO albeit in a non-combat role. Turkey has also played an important role in negotiations between the United States, the previous Afghan government and the Taliban though it remained a secondary location compared to Qatar where the final agreement to withdraw was ultimately brokered.
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