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Turkey delivers $4.5M worth military aid to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan

Turkey has delivered military aid worth 4.5 million dollars to Afghanistan, as part of the bilateral agreement, the Turkish Embassy said in a statement on Saturday. 

According to the Turkish Embassy in Kabul, this aid will support logistical operations of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. It said the aid was part of the bilateral agreement inked on Sept. 21, 2018. 

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Last year, Ankara ratified a motion to extend the deployment of Turkish troops in Afghanistan for another two years as part of the NATO’s support mission in the war-torn country.

The legislation that was first passed by the Turkish parliament in 2015 also grants the government authority to permit foreign army personnel to be transported to and from Afghanistan through Turkey. 

It is worth recalling the two countries share time-tested and deep-rooted ties. One of the first resolutions adopted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) Government was related to opening a representation in Kabul.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established through the signing of Turkey-Afghanistan Alliance Agreement in 1921.

Thus, Afghanistan has become the second country recognizing the TGNA. Turkish Embassy in Kabul whose premises were a gift of King of Afghanistan, Amanullah Khan, was the first diplomatic mission inaugurated in Kabul.

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