Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that the Afghan capital Kabul airport can be operated after the withdrawal of US troops “if the US meets the conditions”.
During a meeting with reporters on the 20th (local time), President Erdogan, who is visiting the Republic of Northern Cyprus, said, “We are positively reviewing a plan to operate Kabul Airport after the withdrawal of US troops.”
But Erdogan said, “We want the United States to meet some conditions.”
Erdogan said, “First, the United States must support us in diplomatic relations. Second, the United States must mobilize logistics for us. Finally, we must provide adequate support for serious financial and administrative problems.” said.
“If these conditions can be met, we plan to operate Kabul Airport,” he added.
He also emphasized the willingness to engage in dialogue with the Taliban, which is expanding its power in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal.
“The Taliban have had some talks with the United States, but they will be more comfortable with Turkey,” Erdogan said. “I believe we can reach an agreement.”
In the past, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan collapsed after being invaded by the United States while protecting Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, which led to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
However, the Taliban did not surrender for 20 years and used guerrilla tactics to harass the US military, and eventually the US decided to withdraw completely from Afghanistan by September 11th.
Turkey has offered to take over the operation and security of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the Afghan capital, after the US has decided to withdraw from Afghanistan, and is in discussion with the US.
However, the Taliban have demanded that Turkey, the Islamic State, also withdraw from Afghanistan, and has rejected the idea of Turkey operating an airport in Kabul.
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