Turkey’s Erdogan urges Russia’s Putin to remain open to dialogue with Taliban

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday to maintain dialogue with the Taliban and to take a “gradual” approach to relations with Afghanistan’s new rulers.“We must keep the channels of open dialogue with the Taliban and pursue a gradual engagement instead of an approach based on hard conditions,” Erdogan said in a phone call with Putin, according to a statement from his office.The Turkish leader also welcomed talks between the Taliban and…