Turkey may run Afghan capital’s airport if US meets circumstances on logistics and financing, President Erdogan says.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has referred to as on the USA to satisfy “circumstances” together with monetary, logistical and diplomatic help, in order that Turkey can run and guard Kabul airport after different overseas troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
Turkey has provided to deploy troops to the airport after NATO absolutely withdraws and has been in talks with the US for a number of weeks.
Erdogan and US President Joe Biden mentioned the difficulty of their first face-to-face assembly on the margins of a NATO summit in June.
The Taliban, which has gained territory as US-led overseas forces pull out, has warned Turkey in opposition to it.
Erdogan, talking in a televised deal with on Tuesday from Northern Cyprus, acknowledged that the Taliban had reservations however mentioned Turkey would nonetheless perform the mission so long as the US, a NATO companion, meets three particular Turkish necessities.
The circumstances are US help in diplomatic relations, the handover of logistical services, and monetary and administrative backing.
“If these circumstances could possibly be met, we’re pondering of taking on the administration of Kabul airport,” he mentioned.
“There might be severe monetary and administrative difficulties … (the USA) will give the required help to Turkey on this respect as properly,” Erdogan added, after attending morning prayers throughout the Muslim Eid al-Adha vacation.
Turkey hopes the airport mission will assist soothe US ties which are strained on a number of fronts together with its buy of Russian S-400 missile defences.
“The Taliban, who held some talks with America, ought to be capable to discuss these points with Turkey extra comfortably,” Erdogan mentioned, including that he believes an settlement could be reached.
Al Jazeera’s Resul Serdar mentioned securing the operation of Kabul airport is significant as it’s the solely gateway for the worldwide neighborhood.
“Turkey desires to maintain it worldwide as a result of it’s afraid of a situation of being left behind as soon as the worldwide neighborhood is overseas, and having a confrontation with the Taliban,” he mentioned, talking from Istanbul.
Serdar mentioned that by taking such an energetic function as a peace-building nation in Afghanistan, Turkey hopes to enhance relations with the US and the European Union.
“Erdogan additionally mentioned he wish to have direct talks with the Taliban relating to Kabul airport, so in that sense – if any time quickly the direct talks begin – then it wouldn’t be a shock to the world,” Serdar added.
The Taliban dominated Afghanistan with an iron fist from 1996 to 2001 and has fought for 20 years to expel overseas forces, topple the Western-backed authorities in Kabul and reimpose Islamic rule.
The Taliban, emboldened by the departure of overseas forces by a September goal, referred to as Turkey’s plan “reprehensible”.
Ankara and others have mentioned the airport should keep open to protect diplomatic missions there.
Erdogan mentioned on Monday that the Taliban ought to “finish the occupation”.