The Taliban has strongly reacted to the decision of Turkey to send its troops to Afghanistan to protect Kabul International airport and said that this will harm bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Turkey.

The group in a statement called the decision by Turkey at the behest and in agreement with the US which as per the statement means the continuation of the occupation.

The statement reads that the decision is unconsidered and opposite to the territorial integrity, national interests, and independence of Afghans.

Taliban while condemning the move further adds that the Turkish Foreign Minister was seated along with the Foreign ministers of other countries while signing the US-Taliban peace agreement in Doha. The statement furthers that the agreement expressly lies down that the foreign troops’ presence should come to an end.

According to the statement, the presence of any country’s troops means occupation which behooves the Taliban fighters to resist and act upon the Fatwa of 1,500 religious scholars made in 2001 based on which the ongoing war waged.

The Taliban asked Turkish people and politicians to oppose the move and do not interfere in other countries since the Taliban do not intend to meddle in others countries, the statement reads.

Presently, there are around 1000 US troops in Afghanistan awaiting Turkey to take over the security of Kabul International airport. The UK in a similar move decided to leave up to 600 troops to protect its embassy in Kabul.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.