Erdogan Says US Can Count on Turkey After Leaving Afghanistan


KABUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey will be the “sole reliable” country remaining to manage Afghanistan after the US troops leave the war-torn country.

Erdogan also stated that he will discuss the situation with US President Joe Biden during his first face-to-face meeting with him on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on Monday, following strained relations between the two countries.

“America is preparing to leave Afghanistan soon and from the moment they leave, the only reliable country to maintain the process over there is obviously Turkey,” Erdoğan told reporters at an İstanbul airport on Sunday before leaving for Brussels.

On Saturday, the Taliban said that foreign forces should hold “no hope” of keeping a military presence in Afghanistan after the US and NATO withdraw troops, saying the security of embassies and airports would be the responsibility of Afghans.

The US-Turkey relationship has been strained in recent years, and Erdogan stated that he wants to begin a new chapter with the Biden administration.