- Turkey had first introduced the convention, co-sponsored by United Nations and Qatar, to run from April 24 to Could 4.
- Turkey’s overseas minister says postponement would give each side time to organize their record of names.
- Leaked US State Division report stated US desires Turkey convention to approve a plan to exchange Ashraf Ghani with an interim govt involving Taliban.
ISTANBUL: Turkey introduced on Tuesday that a world peace convention on Afghanistan which was attributable to begin on April 24 in Istanbul will now be held after Ramadan.
“We decided to postpone the talks” till celebrations for the holy month of Ramadan finish in mid-Could, International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu advised HaberTurk tv in an interview.
The postponement comes after the US administration of President Joe Biden final week introduced the withdrawal of all American forces from Afghanistan earlier than this 12 months’s twentieth anniversary of the September 11 assaults.
Turkey had first introduced the convention, co-sponsored by the United Nations and Qatar, to run from April 24 to Could 4.
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However Cavusoglu stated: “We believed it would be useful to postpone” after consultations with Doha, the UN and Washington.
“There’s no need to rush,” he added.
Ankara stated the talks could be between representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.
Final week, the Taliban when contacted stated the group had nonetheless not accomplished inside consultations over whether or not to attend the convention.
Cavusoglu stated the postponement would give each side time to organize their record of names, referring to a “lack of clarity” over who would attend the convention.
Requested if the Taliban would be part of the talks, he stated: “Of course. Would this conference have a meaning without the Taliban’s presence?”
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The US is making an attempt so as to add urgency to long-stalled peace talks forward of its deliberate finish to navy involvement in Afghanistan which started in response to the 2001 terror assaults on Washington and New York.
Biden has pledged to take away the final American troops from Afghanistan — a drive at present made up of round 2,500 personnel — inside six months.
A leaked US State Division report stated Washington wished the Turkey convention to approve a plan to exchange the current management of President Ashraf Ghani with an interim authorities involving the Taliban.
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Earlier than the postponement was introduced, State Division spokesman Ned Value stated “there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, and only through a political settlement, and a comprehensive ceasefire, will we be able to support a resolution that brings security, stability, and prosperity to the people of Afghanistan.”
He stated the Istanbul convention was “part of that broader effort, that broader engagement” in the direction of a political settlement.