Turkish Foreign Minister Urges Political Solution!

Foreign Minister Ali Babacan urged Western powers to re-evaluate their approach to handling problems in Afghanistan and switch from a focus on military action to one which emphasizes the importance of diplomacy. He offered scant hope that sending thousands of more American troops to Afghanistan will result in what President Obama or military leaders seek to achieve. Instead, Babacan wants to focus more intently on political solutions. “We believe that some and indeed most of the groups that support the Taliban could be drawn into politics through negotiations. If this happens, the elections will have greater participation.” Bacan warned sending more troops to Afghanistan would only increase the ability of the Taliban to launch more attacks.

Babacan is urged the United States to pursue diplomacy and step one is to engage Iran with the entire Afghanistan situation. The Shiite Iranian government is no friend of the Sunni Taliban and therefore could be an ally in dealing with the insurgents. Involving Iran as an ally in fighting the Taliban could eventually help resolve problems with that nation over its nuclear policy.