ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned Tuesday Turkey may run Kabul airport if its NATO best friend the US met sure stipulations together with on logistics and financing.
Turkey has been negotiating with US defence officers over its be offering to assist safe and run Kabul airport, which is vital to permitting nations to retain a diplomatic presence in war-torn Afghanistan after the United States troop withdrawal.
Erdogan and US President Joe Biden mentioned the problem of their first face-to-face assembly at the margins of a NATO summit in June.
“We’re presently taking a look undoubtedly” to the theory of working Kabul airport after US troops withdraw from Afghanistan, Erdogan advised newshounds in a televised deal with from Nicosia in northern Cyprus.
“However we would like The usa to fulfill some stipulations,” he mentioned.
“What are they? At the start, The usa will stand through us in diplomatic family members. Secondly, they’ll mobilise their logistical method for us… and the opposite one is that there will probably be severe issues on monetary and administrative problems, and they’ll give vital strengthen to Turkey,” he added.
“If those stipulations may also be met, we, as Turkey, are making plans to perform the Kabul airport.”
“There may be now a brand new technology” in Afghanistan, Erdogan mentioned whilst repeating Ankara’s willingness to speak with the Taliban.
“The Taliban, who held some talks with The usa, must be capable of speak about those problems with Turkey extra very easily,” he mentioned.
“I imagine we will achieve an settlement.”
Closing week, the Taliban known as Turkey’s be offering to safe and run Kabul airport “reprehensible”.