Iran, Turkey emphasize need for inclusive government in Afghanistan

ANKARA, Turkey – During a recent meeting in Turkey, Presidents Raceb Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Ebrahim Raisi of Iran emphasized the importance of establishing an “inclusive, responsible, and responsive government in Afghanistan.”

A joint statement issued by the Iranian president’s office outlined the two nations’ viewpoint.

It highlighted the significance of engaging constructively with Afghanistan’s current officials and the necessity of forming a government that represents all Afghan people, ensuring their security without ethnic or sectarian discrimination.

Both leaders also stressed the urgency of combating various forms of terrorism, drug and human trafficking, and facilitating the safe and dignified return of all illegal Afghan immigrants to their homeland.

The meeting between Erdogan and Raisi, held on Wednesday, Jan. 24 in Ankara, covered a range of topics, including the conflict in Gaza and energy cooperation.