ANKARA, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Afghan Taliban leaders have said they will do all they can to help Afghan migrants in Turkey wishing to return home, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday after talks in Ankara, adding that the two sides discussed how to prevent another "wave of migrants" .
Turkey hosts some four million migrants, mostly Syrians, and has come under further pressure after the Afghan takeover by the Islamist Taliban in August that sparked a mass exodus. He said he would not tolerate a new wave.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan with an iron fist from 1996 to 2001 before being ousted by US-led forces.
Turkey, member NATO, maintained its amBasade in Kabul after the withdrawal of Western countries following the fall of the Afghan government backed by the United States and urged these countries to increase their engagement.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who earlier announced he would be visiting Kabul, discussed migration, humanitarian aid, economy and other issues with a delegation headed by Afghan Foreign Affairs representatives. Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.
"We repeated to them that they must be inclusive for the unity of the country " said Cavusoglu to Turkish state media. "They have informed us of their request for continued aid and investment there.
" We have a number of Afghan, irregular or regular migrants. Some of them want to return to Afghanistan. Taliban leaders said ... that theywould provide all possible support for them to return home, but we also discussed what we can do to prevent another wave of migrants. "
Cavusoglu said he also forwarded Turkey's recommendations regarding the inclusion of women in the workforce and girls' education.
On Monday, Muttaqi appealed to the w ord for good relations, but avoided making firm commitments on girls 'education despite international demands to allow all Afghan children to go back to school. en read more
The new administration has been the subject of sustained criticism for its approach to educating girls, considered to be the one of the few unambiguous positive achievements of the two deciend of Western engagement in Afghanistan.
Taliban officials say they will not repeat the harsh rule of the previous overthrown Taliban government in 2001, which prohibited the education of most girls and prohibited women from going in public without a male guardian.
Turkey, which abandoned plans to run Kabul airport after failing to agree on security measures with the Taliban, worked with Qatar to operate the airport and reopen it to international travel.
Cavusoglu said he shared the "security expectations " of Turkey and the international community over the airport, adding that 'they also discussed the fight against terrorism. Report by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Edited by Dominic Evans and Nick Macfie
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