Negotiations with Taliban in Norway, Turkey planned soon: reports


Norway and Turkey are expected to hold talks over Afghanistan with the Taliban in the near future, Sputnik news agency reported, citing Afghan media.

Citing Taliban sources, the media reported that the Turkey meeting will be held in Istanbul.

On Jan. 23-25, the Taliban delegation led by Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi paid an official visit to the Norwegian capital at the invitation of the kingdom this year, Sputnik reported.

The delegation met with special representatives and envoys from the US, EU, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and the UK.

Muttaqi described the visit as a success and the delegation thanked the Norwegian government for their hospitality and contribution to boosting confidence.

Qatar and Turkey are seeking a mandate to manage Kabul Airport, which was devastated by chaotic mass evacuations and the withdrawal of foreign troops last year after the Taliban took power. The radical movement has agreed to accept technical assistance from Qatar and Turkey but wants sole responsibility for managing the airport. Talks have continued since August, Sputnik reported.

In mid-August, the Taliban took control of Kabul.

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