Turkey holds first talks with the Taliban in Kabul: Erdogan
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkey has held its first talks with the Taliban in Kabul, adding that Ankara was still assessing the Islamist group's offer to run the Afghan capital's airport.
"You cannot know what their expectations are or what our expectations are without talking. What's diplomacy, my friend? This is diplomacy," Erdogan said.
But he said the suicide bombs that killed at least 85 people, including 13 US troops, outside the airport during in the last days of urgent evacuation effort Thursday showed the importance of knowing the details of how the air hub will be secured.
"They said: 'We will ensure the security, you operate (the airport'. We have not made any decision on this issue yet," Erdogan said.
"We will make a decision once calm prevails."