The acting foreign minister of Afghanistan and other ministers will meet with “senior Turkish officials” to discuss bilateral relations, aid, migration, air transport and trade.
A high-level Taliban delegation has arrived in the Turkish capital for talks as the new Afghan government continues its diplomatic efforts to gain support and recognition.
Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said on Twitter on Thursday that Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and other ministers would meet with “senior Turkish officials” to discuss “issues of” mutual benefit ”, including aid, migration, air transport and trade.
Balkhi said the invitation was extended by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The visit comes a day after Cavusoglu told reporters that he and ministers from other countries were planning to travel to the Afghan capital, Kabul, for talks with the Taliban, who took control of the country in August.
It also follows days of talks in Qatar, where the group called on US and European authorities to end the country’s isolation, including easing financial restrictions it says are crippling the country.
Turkey, a NATO member, has maintained its embassy in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of Western countries following the Taliban takeover, and urged those countries to step up their engagement. At the same time, he said he would only work fully with the Taliban if he formed a more inclusive administration.
Turkey has also worked with Qatar to help operate the airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and reopen it to international travel.