Erdogan Plans Talks with 'Taliban' over Kabul Airport
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to hold talks with the "Taliban" regarding their refusal to let Ankara run Kabul airport after US troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced today, Monday, that his country plans on holding talks with the "Taliban" over their refusal to let Ankara run Kabul airport after US troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
Erdogan said: "God willing, we will see what kind of talks we will have with the Taliban and see where these talks take us.
As the US and its NATO allies prepare to complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of August, after 20 years of war there, Turkey is preparing to deploy its troops to secure Kabul airport, which could fall into the hands of the "Taliban."
The Taliban demanded Turkey to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan because it is a member of NATO.
Taliban Spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, is hopeful that Turkey and Afghanistan tighten relations after forming a new Islamic government in the country, stated Tolo News.
The request came after Ankara and Washington agreed to secure the Kabul airport by Turkish troops.