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Amid growing Taliban violence, Turkish President talked to his Afghan counterpart

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has expressed concern about escalation of the Taliban violence in Afghanistan. In a telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart, Ashraf Ghani, Turkish President said Turkey would try its best to bring durable peace to Afghanistan.   

On Wednesday, August 11, the two presidents discussed bilateral relationships and expansion of cooperation in various fields, said a statement issued by the Presidential Palace.   

President Ghani expressed his condolence for the loss of lives and properties in recent forest fires in the Turkish cities of Antalya and Adana.

Ghani said Turkey has an important role in bringing a just and durable peace to Afghanistan.

The Turkish President said his country would support the Afghan people. He called for an end to violence and a political solution for a just and lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The call for durable peace is voiced at a time when the Taliban militants are making rapid advancement. The group pushes to mount military campaign to take control over provincial capitals. The insurgents have captured ten provincial capitals. They have captured the Ghazni city, the provincial capital of Ghazni province, which connects the southwestern belt of Afghanistan to the capital Kabul.  

The insurgents have broken a 21-day ceasefire agreement in northwestern Badghis province. Local sources say the insurgents have broken the ceasefire which they had signed with the government.