Erdogan says Turkey can run Kabul airport if US meets situations

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By AFP

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated Tuesday, July 20, 2021, Turkey may run Kabul airport if its NATO ally the US met sure situations together with logistics and financing.

Turkey has been negotiating with US defence officers over its supply to assist safe and run Kabul airport, which is vital to permitting nations to retain a diplomatic presence in war-torn Afghanistan after the US troop withdrawal.

Erdogan and US President Joe Biden mentioned the problem of their first face-to-face assembly on the margins of a NATO summit in June.

“We’re proper now wanting positively” to the thought of operating Kabul airport after US troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Erdogan instructed journalists in a televised tackle from Nicosia in northern Cyprus.

“However we would like America to fulfill some situations,” he stated.

“What are they? Firstly, America will stand by us in diplomatic relations. Secondly, they may mobilise their logistical means for us… and the opposite one is that there might be critical issues on monetary and administrative points, and they’re going to give vital help to Turkey,” he added.

“If these situations may be met, we, as Turkey, are planning to function the Kabul airport.”

“There’s now a brand new period” in Afghanistan, Erdogan stated whereas repeating Ankara’s willingness to speak with the Taliban.

“The Taliban, who held some talks with America, ought to have the ability to speak about these points with Turkey extra comfortably,” he stated. 

“I consider we are able to attain an settlement.”

Final week, the Taliban known as Turkey’s supply to safe and run Kabul airport “reprehensible”.


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