Turkey and US Agree to Keep Afghanistan's Main Airport Safe

Turkey and US Agree to Keep Afghanistan's Main Airport Safe

Contacts between Turkey and the United States regarding the security of Kabul Airport in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US troops will continue. This was confirmed by the Turkish defense minister.

UMMATIMES - "No decision has been reached at this time," said Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar after his visit to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Friday (2/7).

"We will discuss the results of the talks at a meeting chaired by our president. We will implement the plan after the president's approval," he said.

A US State Department delegation and Pentagon officials arrived in Ankara last week to discuss efforts to keep Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport operational after the US troop withdrawal which is due to end on September 11.

According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, the two sides later agreed to continue discussions.

The situation in Afghanistan escalated after US President Joe Biden announced that all American troops would withdraw from the war-torn country on September 11, followed by NATO allies. Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the issue during a recent summit of NATO leaders in Brussels.

Ankara has been launching military and logistical operations at the airport for six years as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission.