KABUL: Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, says his country was ready to take responsibility for the Kabul international airport’s security, a mission demanded by the United States after their military withdrawal.
Cavusoglu has stated this in a meeting with Afghan foreign minister Hanif Atmar, in which the Turkish top diplomat assured that Ankara’s “constructive role” would continue for the Afghan peace process. He also promised to invest on the Afghan infrastructure projects.
“We had already agreed with the United States and NATO for their presence in Afghanistan, but they are exiting now,” said Afghan top diplomat Atmar.
“We thank them and want them to continue cooperation with Afghanistan after military pullout.”
Atmar said that Turkey has announced readiness to provide security for the Kabul airport, calling it a good step.
He thanked Turkey for support and cooperation with Afghanistan in different parts especially in the ongoing peace process.
Taliban had already rejected Turkey’s presence in Afghanistan after the foreign withdrawal in mid-September, warning that any foreign military presence in Afghanistan would mean invasion. The militant group threatened that any country who would send troops to Afghanistan would be responsible for any consequences.