Yes. Erdogan recently said regarding the Taliban: “Turkey has nothing that contradicts their beliefs.”

“Taliban say it perceives Turkey as an ally, want to build close ties,” Duvar English, August 15, 2021:

The Taliban has said that the militant group doesn’t perceive Turkey as an enemy, but as an ally instead.

Speaking to The Independent’s Turkish service, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, said that they want to build close relations with Turkey.

Yaqoob also said that the militants expect President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to be respectful towards them.

“Turkey is a country that houses many Afghans and that we want to build close relations with. We perceive Turkey as an ally and not an enemy,” he said on Aug. 15.

Yaqoob oversees the group’s military operations. He was proposed as the overall leader of the movement during various succession tussles, but he put forward Akhundzada in 2016 because he felt he lacked battlefield experience and was too young, according to a Taliban commander.


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