Russia calls for talks between Afghan government and the Taliban

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan July 11, 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 17 January 2018
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Russia calls for talks between Afghan government and the Taliban

MOSCOW: Russia called on Wednesday for urgent talks between the government in Afghanistan and the Taliban, its Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding Russia could host such talks.
“We strongly recommend that negotiations start as soon as possible... to put an end to the civil war,” the ministry said.


Erdogan: Turkey will not allow Syria safe zone that will turn into ‘swamp’

Updated 21 January 2019
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Erdogan: Turkey will not allow Syria safe zone that will turn into ‘swamp’

  • Erdogan said Turkey would work with anyone willing to provide it with logistic support for the planned safe zone
  • US President Donald Trump confounded his own national security team with a surprise decision last month to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria

ANKARA: Turkey will never allow the implementation of a safe zone in Syria that will turn into “a swamp” like in northern Iraq, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, referring to an area where Kurdish militants have operations.
Speaking at an event in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey would work with anyone willing to provide it with logistic support for the planned safe zone, but added that it would take steps in Syria if promises made to Ankara weren’t kept.
US President Donald Trump confounded his own national security team with a surprise decision last month to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria. Since then, Trump and Erdogan have discussed a safe zone which Turkey would set up in Syria along the length of their border.