The Chief Executive Discussed with Turkish Prime Minister on Expansion of Cooperation between Two Countries

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with Turkish Prime Minister, Benali Yildirim, who came to Kabul at the head of a high-level delegation, in his office at the Sepidar Palace.

During the visit, both sides discussed on expansion of cooperation in security, economic, political, educational, tourism and cultural relations between the two countries.

The Chief Executive thanked Turkey for its support and assistance to the Afghan people over the years in civilian and military fields and called for expansion of cooperation between the two countries.

Turkish Prime Minister said that his country would stand alongside the Afghan government and people in the fight against terrorism, and would support the National Unity Government’s peace offer to the Taliban.

Turkish PM said that his country wanted relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan to be improved and was ready to host a trilateral meeting of leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey.

Mr. Yildirim added, “We praise the Afghan government’s efforts for peace with the armed opposition, and wish the Taliban would take advantage of this opportunity.”

Mr. Yildirim also said trade and commercial relations between Turkey and Afghanistan should be further developed and the problems in this regard should be removed.

Turkish PM invited the Afghan Chief Executive to attend the meeting of the Economic Commission of both countries which is to be held in May.

The Chief Executive thanked the Prime Minister of Turkey for his invitation and said the commission would discuss the issues related to trade, transit, investment and economic cooperation.

Dr. Abdullah expressed hope that Turkish businessmen and investors would invest in Afghanistan, thus taking steps to expand economic relations between the two countries.

The Chief Executive said cooperation in educational sector plays an important role in relations between Kabul and Ankara. “The Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Afghan-Turkish schools should be implemented and quality of teaching in these schools should be boosted more than ever”, said Dr. Abdullah.

The Chief Executive told Turkish Prime Minister that illegal migrants should be referred to the Afghan diplomatic entities in Turkey to arrange voluntarily return of them to Afghanistan, after being approved by responsible authorities, because Afghanistan is a better place for them than any other countries.

“The interior ministries of the two countries should cooperate with each other to deport illegal Afghan migrants”, the Chief Executive said.

Dr. Abdullah called for awarding further student scholarships and expressed hope that the Republic of Turkey would cooperate with the Afghan side on treatment of the Afghan patients.

Dr. Abdullah also confirmed that talks were held about First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who is living in Turkey, and said the issue should be resolved; as Afghanistan is a common home for every Afghan.

Dr. Abdullah welcomed the proposal for a trilateral meeting between Kabul, Islamabad and Ankara and praised Turkey's role in improving relations between countries of the region.