Spokesperson of the US Department of Defense John Kirby said that they are grateful to Turkey for supporting the safe operation of the Kabul Hamid Karzai Airport.
With the USA’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, eyes are on Turkey regarding the protection of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport. After the meeting between Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, work on the safe operation of the airport continues.
“WE ARE IN MEETING”
Making evaluations at the daily press conference, US Department of Defense Spokesperson Kirby stated that there are still American soldiers at Kabul Airport, but the situation of the soldiers there will be evaluated after the withdrawal is completed.
“We are still in talks with the Turks about how security will be at the airport, and we are grateful to them for their willingness to lead this effort,” Kirby said.
Recalling the statements made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, Kirby said to another question on the subject, “We had some productive meetings with the Turks, you saw the statements of the Minister’s meetings with his colleague. There is no choke point between us as you describe, some models and some requirements with the Turks. We are working on it.”
Kirby stated that Turkey has ensured the security of Hamid Karzai Airport within the scope of its Resolute Support Mission, “While all forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, arrangements will need to be made about who else will help the Turks and how this assistance will be provided. The negotiations that we are currently continuing will need to be made from this.” consists,” he said.
“WE WELCOME TURKEY’S SUPPORT TO THE PROCESS”
While Turkey’s support was also on the agenda at the daily press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said, “We definitely welcome Turkey’s constructive role regarding the withdrawal and the wider security situation in Afghanistan, as well as its support for the diplomatic process.”