Turkish president proposes joint Pakistan, Hungary mission to keep Kabul airport safe

 Turkish president proposes joint Pakistan, Hungary mission to keep Kabul airport safe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Brussels, 15June: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proposed another joint mission, which will include Pakistan and Hungary, to ensure and run Kabul’s international air terminal following the withdrawal of other NATO troops.

Talking to media on Monday during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit in Brussels, the Turkish president said his country would need “diplomatic, logistic and financial assistance” from the US if it were to maintain troops in Afghanistan for security operations.

According to TRT World Ankara is reported to have offered to guard the airport amid concerns over the security along major transport routes and at the airport, which is the main gateway to Kabul.

“If they don’t want us to leave Afghanistan, if they want a (Turkish) support there, then the diplomatic, logistic, and financial support that the United States will give us will be of great importance,” Erdogan said.

Turkey currently has some 500 soldiers in the war-torn country.

“If they don’t want us to leave Afghanistan, if they want a (Turkish) support there, then the diplomatic, logistic and financial support that the United States will give us will of great importance,” Erdogan said.

Turkey, a majority Muslim nation which has close historic ties to Afghanistan, currently has some 500 soldiers in the war-torn country.

Erdogan-Biden meeting

Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said he held a constructive meeting with US President Joe Biden and invited him to visit Turkey.

The two leaders have known each other for years, but it was their first face-to-face meeting as heads of state and came at a difficult time in the two NATO allies’ relations.

On Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden said: “There was a strong consensus in the room among the leaders … on Afghanistan.”

“Our troops are coming home, but we agreed that our diplomatic, economic, humanitarian commitment with the Afghan people … will endure.”

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