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Erdoğan's eagerness to shake hands with the Taliban

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The Taliban are trying to move outside its original boarders. They are seeking international recognition, relations with neighboring countries, and to be free of isolation and embargo. The path to achieving these aims is to give just enough that it is not seen as making concessions with regard to sharia.

Vahidullah Hashimi, a senior leader of the Taliban, told Reuters, “There will be no democratic system at all because it has no roots in the country. We will not discuss what kind of political system we should build in Afghanistan because it is clear. There will be Sharia and that is it.”

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said everything related to women’s education, work, press freedom, and human rights will be within the framework of Islam. “Sharia law will be imposed,” he added. What remains to be discussed is which tone of the sharia is to be implemented.
Certain major actors seem to be content with this game that the Taliban wants to play. The chief interventionist, the U.S., and its partner, Britain, are being extremely kind to the Taliban. They say they will judge the Taliban on deeds, not words. They are already in communication. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said there have been “No hostile interactions with the Taliban and our lines of communication with Taliban commanders remain open.” The Taliban’s commitment not to attack is the reason to keep the door open. US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said, “The Taliban are hoping to create a government in Afghanistan. They seek legitimacy. We are all watching their actions. Their actions will speak to whether in fact they are going to protect the basic human rights and the basic rights of the Afghan people. And their actions in these days will tell us whether there is reality to what their words say, or whether there is not.”

President Tayyip Erdoğan appears to be more than willing to shake hands with the Taliban. What he has consented to looks like a mission beyond working with the new Afghan government in accordance with the interests of the Turkish state. Perhaps it is a mission that is to be updated according to the circumstances.

As the Taliban tried to put gently, nestled between words of friendship, Turkey has been an invading force aiding the U.S. The facts that it was not a combatant force and that they........

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