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Turkey and Qatar on Monday raised the possibility of jointly operating Afghanistan's Taliban-controlled airport, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off for two days of talks in Doha.

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Turkey and Qatar on Monday raised the possibility of jointly operating Afghanistan's Taliban-controlled airport, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off for two days of talks in Doha.

Afghans and foreign nationals fled the country through the facility as the hardline Islamist movement took power in August following two decades of war.06 December 2021 - 05:06 Members of the SA Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee may well be relieved that their last meeting came before the release of SA’s disastrous unemployment report.Western nations condemned the killings of former Afghan security forces.KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the province has entered a fourth Covid-19 infection wave.

But many are still seeking to flee the conflict-scarred nation, which is facing the threat of winter food shortages and economic collapse."We are going to act together," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint press briefing with his Qatari counterpart ahead of Erdogan's arrival.The pace of Federal Reserve tapering, and whether inflation spikes are transitory or permanent would not have been top on anybody’s mind.READ | Afghan central banker flees, currency plummets amid Taliban takeover "Qatar and Turkey are continuously working with the interim government in Afghanistan to reach an agreement to open the airport (so it can function) normally," Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani added.The US on Saturday led a group of Western nations and allies in condemnation of the Taliban over the"summary killings" of former members of the Afghan security forces reported by rights groups, demanding quick investigations.Erdogan's visit comes as Turkey seeks to rebuild relations with former rivals in the energy-rich Gulf region, including the United Arab Emirates, whose crown prince last month visited Turkey for the first time since 2012..Simmering tensions between Ankara and its Gulf rivals escalated after a Saudi Arabia-led blockade on Qatar by Arab countries in 2017.He said the number of cases that were recorded over the past seven days showed that infections were"rising at an alarming rate… the new wave of infecting is fast rising and the Omicron variant [of the virus that causes Covid-19] is driving this new surge in infections".

Ankara backed Qatar in the dispute, and the two countries have grown closer ever since.If you have already registered or subscribed, please sign in to continue.READ | Taliban release decree saying women must consent to marriage Early this week Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report that it says documents the summary execution or enforced disappearance of 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces, other military personnel, police and intelligence agents"who had surrendered to or were apprehended by Taliban forces" from mid-August through October.Erdogan, whose country is reeling from a fresh economic crisis and is searching foreign investment and trade, said he wanted to use the trip to foster closer relations with all Gulf states."We are in favour of strengthening our relations with all the Gulf countries," Erdogan told reporters at an Istanbul airport before leaving for Doha."The blockade and sanctions imposed on Qatar have been lifted as of the start of this year.The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August as the US-backed government in Kabul and the country's military collapsed.Right now, solidarity is being restored among Gulf countries," Erdogan said.According to the premier, the province recorded 1 002 new cases in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust.For only R75 per month , you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features.But the new government has continued to carry out violent punishments, and the UN has expressed concern about"credible allegations" that the Taliban has carried out reprisal killings since their victory, despite the promises of amnesty for the fallen government's troops.Journalism strengthens democracy.Invest in the future today..Washington held talks with Taliban officials earlier this week, the second round of discussions since US forces left."Further analysis of trends shows that while there is no significant increase in the number of deaths, people above the age of 60 have registered more deaths while there has also been a noticeable increasing in infection rate among those who are aged between 30 and 50," Zikalala added.

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