Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and US counterpart Lloyd Austin discuss “constructive and positive” plan Ankara to take over operation and guarding of Kabul airport, Afghanistan’s capital, following the withdrawal of NATO troops from the rest of the Asian country, reports a press release published by the services of the former.
Ankara has offered to take over the operation and security of the airport after the withdrawal of NATO and has held talks with allies, mainly the United States, for financial, political and logistical support. Airport security is key to operations after the departure of diplomatic missions to Afghanistan.
The Pentagon in a separate press release issued in Washington said that Messrs. Austin and Akar discussed the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and agreed that it was important to provide guarantees of “satisfactory security” at Kabul airport.
Bilateral talks will continue today, Thursday, he clarified in a press release issued by the Turkish Ministry of Defense.