Showing posts with label turkey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label turkey. Show all posts

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Turkey's Role in Afghanistan

Turkey has been a key player in the reconstruction of Afghanistan and in the development of the Afghan national security forces. They have contributed troops, staff and leadership to the NATO-led Coalition in Afghanistan from the very start of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission. Turkey will continue that strong involvement into 2015 as part of the Resolute Support mission. Read more in "Turkey's role in post-2014 Afghanistan", Todays Zaman, January 2, 2015.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Turkey and Afghanistan Relations

The nation of Turkey has been a long time member of the Coalition in Afghanistan; having sent troops at the very beginning of the conflict. In late 2001 (or perhaps it was early 2002) the first Turkish Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) was established in Jawzjan. The Turks have had a strong presence in northern Afghanistan and also in the capital region (Kabul).

On the diplomatic front Turkey has been leading annual consultation sessions between Afghanistan and Pakistan to encourage the two countries to root out extremism and terrorism as well as to improve their political and security relationships. (Not a lot of progress on that front considering Pakistan supports the Taliban). The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recently paid a visit to the newly elected President Ghani, his Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostrum, and the Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah.

Read more in "Turkey, Afghanistan determined to deepen relations", Central Asia Online, November 5, 2014.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Afghan Police Cadets Complete Training in Turkey

Almost 500 police cadets returned from a six-month long training program a the Sivas Police Training Centre for Afghanistan (SPTC-A) in Turkey. The Sivas initiative is jointly supported by UNDP's Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) and the NTM-A - as well as with monetary contributions from Turkey and Japan. While at SPTC-A the cadets receive training in basic and advanced police training programmes in civilian policing such as rule of law, maintaining law and order, and protecting human safety. Read more in "Afghan Police Cadets Return From Training in Turkey", UNDP, November 29, 2013.