Speaking at a joint news conference with Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Afghanistan has been going through a "sensitive time."
He said some international attempts for peace in Afghanistan have failed and voiced hope that the efforts would activate a positive process among Afghans.
"We will maintain our presence and support in Afghanistan as long as it needs Turkey and NATO," Çavuşoğlu added.
Zaman, for his part, said, "I appreciate the time and energy put together and invested by the participating countries and the political support that we have received from our Turkish brothers at a critical time in our history."
Afghanistan is pursuing the peace process and peace talks, while also waiting for the results of the historic elections from a few weeks ago, Zaman said.
Zaman underlined that this election was different from past elections as it was completely managed by Afghan officials in the Independent Election Commission, and security of the election was managed and provided by Afghan defense and security forces.
The election commission was expected to announce the final results of the presidential polls – in which 13 candidates vied for the top office – on Nov. 7, but it is yet to announce the preliminary poll results.
The commission is currently recounting votes in 8,255 disputed polling stations across the provinces in order to acquire the preliminary results.
Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Afghanistan on an unannounced visit and said his administration resumed peace talks with the Taliban.
 
 

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