“It’s being negotiated right now,” Ibrahim Kalin told the Hurriyet daily, adding the office would be located in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.
Muslim Turkey, which has hosted talks aimed at building trust between Pakistan and Afghanistan, has said before that it is open to the establishment of a diplomatic presence for the Taliban to help with talks to end the war in Afghanistan.
A Pakistani official, speaking during a visit by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to Ankara on Thursday, told Reuters Pakistan would back such a plan.
Analysts say that any solution to the Afghan conflict would probably require the support of Pakistan.
The proposal first surfaced during a trilateral summit in December between Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan in Istanbul, in which Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Kabul would welcome any offer by Turkey meant to facilitate talks with the Taliban.
Afghanistan’s former president, Burhanuddin Rabbani, who leads a council charged with starting peace talks with Taliban-led insurgents, held talks with Turkish government officials in Turkey in February.
But Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who came second behind Hamid Karzai in Afghan presidential elections in 2009, told Hurriyet that opening an office for the Taliban would help “legalize a terrorist organization.”
“Turkey has a generally constructive role in Afghanistan. However, we recently learned of plans to open a Taliban office in Turkey, which will not help build trust within a majority in Afghanistan who do not support the Taliban,” Abdullah said.
Turkey, the largest Muslim country in NATO, has troops in non-combat roles with NATO forces in Afghanistan, and also has well established military-to-military contacts with Pakistan.
After spending a trillion USD to stop the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden, It is time to join them.
Getting ready to open a diplomatic mission for the Taliban in Turkey, this Islamic NATO-member shows its true colors.
When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, NATO lost its enemy, main purpose, and focus. When George W. Bush became President in the US, the leading NATO-member found a new enemy. The Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. The “war or terrorism” started.
Within few years, the North Atlantic defense alliance have been turned completely around. A few weeks ago NATO started to give military support to Radical Islam in Libya. Soon NATO will join the Turkish Government in pure promotion of the brutal killers who shout “allah is great”.
Now this war to get rid of Osama and the Taliban has become to costly. So the old saying still stand tall: “It you cant beat them, join them”.
Written by Ivar