Afghanistan calls on Turkey to take action against Taliban propaganda

The Afghan Foreign Ministry has called on Ankara to take precautions against Taliban propaganda in Turkey after a video emerged on social media of the group’s banners being unfurled inside the newly reconverted Hagia Sophia.

“The peace process that the Afghan government and the people of Afghanistan are supporting should be supported in practice and they should prevent moves that could affect this process,” Afghan outlet Tolo News cited Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Gran Hewad as saying on Monday.

Footage shared on Monday on Twitter by London-based independent researcher in counter-terrorism and violent extremism, Noor Dahri, showed a group of men holding a flag used by the Taliban while chanting “Allahu Akbar’’ (God is great) a few days after the iconic site was reconverted into a mosque last month.

The Taliban, which emerged in Afghanistan in the early 1990s with the aim of turning the country into a theocracy, became the centre of international attention following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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