BRUSSELS: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday proposed a brand new trilateral mechanism involving Turkey, Pakistan and Hungary for the safety of Kabul airport after the withdrawal of overseas troops.
The Turkish president, who’s in Brussels to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit, stated his would wish “diplomatic, logistic and monetary help” from the US if it have been to keep up troops in Afghanistan for safety operations.
In accordance with worldwide media, Turkey is reported to have provided to protect the airport amid issues over the safety alongside main transport routes and on the airport, which is the principle gateway to Kabul.
“If they do not need us to depart Afghanistan, if they need a (Turkish) help there, then the diplomatic, logistic, and monetary help that the US will give us can be of nice significance,” Erdogan stated.
Turkey at the moment has some 500 troopers within the war-torn nation.
‘Turkey to have a key position’
In a press release, NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg stated the coalition has not determined throughout a leaders’ summit on who would run the Kabul worldwide airport after the troops’ withdrawal.
NATO dedicated to offering transitional funding for the Hamid Karzai airport and the NATO chief stated Turkey would play a key position there.
Erdogan meets Biden
In the meantime, Tayyip Erdogan stated he held a “fruitful and honest” assembly together with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit.
“We consider there isn’t any drawback that can not be resolved in Turkey-US relations,” Erdogan added after holding his first assembly with Biden since his election.
Relations between the 2 NATO allies nosedived after Turkey’s buy of a Russian S-400 missile defence system that the US believes can be utilized to spy on Western defences.
Erdogan introduced no progress on the S-400 dispute. Washington imposed sanctions on Turkey’s army procurement company for the acquisition final 12 months.
It additionally expelled Turkey from the F-35 programme underneath which Western allies produce the next-generation fighter jet’s elements and safe its early buying rights.
“On the problem of S-400s, I advised (Biden) the identical factor I had prior to now,” Erdogan stated.
“I raised the problem of F-35s,” Erdogan stated in a sign that he needed Turkey admitted again into the programme.
“I advised him what joint steps we are able to tackle the defence trade.”