President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the issue with his US counterpart Joe Biden in their first face-to-face meeting as presidents at the NATO Kabul airport summit last week. There was little indication of progress on the main disputes that have poisoned Turkish-US ties in recent years, but Erdogan signaled a possible consensus on Afghanistan. “If they do not want us to leave Afghanistan, if they want a certain [Turkish] support there, then the diplomatic and financial backing of the United States will be of importance,” he said. I told Biden] about our idea to collaborate with Pakistan and Hungary. There is currently a consensus.
The number of Turkish troops has exceeded 2,000 during Turkey’s leadership stints in international missions in the past two decades. Yet, Turkey has never had a combat force in Afghanistan. Turkish soldiers have never engaged in an armed confrontation and never fired a bullet in the country.
The Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul — Afghanistan’s primary airport that doubles as a military base — serves as a vital link to the outside world in the mountainous landlocked country where road travel remains far from safe. Control of the airport amounts to control of Afghanistan’s gateway to the world.
The Afghan civil aviation authority requested the handover of the airport’s air traffic control from NATO in April as the alliance began the withdrawal of its mission in line with Biden’s decision to pull out all American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.
Turkey will be in charge of security at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport after the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to US President Joe Biden, made the announcement on Thursday (June 18th). News agency Anadolu has published the news.
In a conference call, Jake Sullivan told reporters that at their first bilateral meeting last Monday, US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to work together to ensure the establishment of a Turkish mission before September 11 to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan.
After the promise of the US President, the Turkish President expressed his satisfaction. They then instructed their team to work on the matter in detail. However, there is a clear commitment from the leaders that Turkey will be in charge of security at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. And we’re working on how to make that happen, “said President Joe Biden’s national security adviser.
Earlier in the day, Erdogan said after a meeting with NATO leaders that Turkey wanted to involve Pakistan and Hungary in a new mission in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US-led NATO forces