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Ambassador of Afghanistan was the Guest of AYBU SBF Meetings

This Thursday, Afghanistan’s Ambassador Abdul Rahim Sayed Jan was the guest of Yıldırım Beyazıt University SBF Meetings.

The SBF Meetings in Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, wherea  different speake  took place each week, was held this week for the 27th time. This week, the event’s guest was Abdul Rahim Sayed Jan,  Afghanistan’s Ambassador in Ankara.

Sayed, started his speech by stating that he will briefly explain the important events in Afghanistan since Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, in order to better explain the current situation. “ To understand that why NATO forces, including Turkey are in Afghanistan at the moment, and perhaps to understand in which direction events will go on after that, we need to understand the background of the emerging situation today,” he stated.


From the beginning of the current conflict…

“After a period of time that the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, the fighters who fought against the occupation were successful.” Ambassador Sayed Jan mentioned that  in the period of the occupation of the Soviet Union, because of insurgents couldn’t get united, this stuation led to the civil war. But in the mean time a new phenomenon emerged: the Taliban. In the speech,it was told that during the civil war , imigration was one of the most important factors for emergence of Taliban. Because most of The people immigrattd  from Pakistan to Afghanistan consisted of individuals who  took religious education which made them radical,  Abdul Rahim Sayed Jan stated that the Taliban had no political vision, he pointed out that there was only a militant group that created for the clash. Sayed also underlined that the fact that around 2,000-4,000 Arab ethnic warriors who had come to Afghanistan before the Soviets withdrawal in order to fight for jihad stayed afterwards. This was also one of the main factors of  the emergence of Al-Qaeda.

Abdul Rahim Sayed Jan, who described the US’s use of force in Afghanistan within the framework of international law, referred to the 7th section of the UN Treaty and the resolutions 1368 and 1373 of the UNSC and their content. During his speech, the Ambassador noted that the progress of infrastructural developments and the functioning of constitutional institutions and organizations, within the process. He further said that the Taliban talks with the United States is continuing, and the Afghan government has agreements on strategic partnership and security with many countries, especially with the U.S. . Abdul Rahim Sayed Jan, touched also on the negotiations between the United States and the Taliban, in Doha, spoke briefly about the basic conditions  discussed between them and gave information on the ongoing trainings of the Afghan  security forces..

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