Biden Says Held ‘Good Talks’ on Afghanistan With Erdogan


KABUL: US President Joe Biden said he had a “very good meeting” with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of NATO summit on Monday.

When asked by a journalist if the two leaders reached an agreement on Turkey’s presence in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal, Biden said: “We had a long discussion. I feel good about our meeting.

On his part, Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “The U.S.’ diplomatic, logistical and financial support is important in the case of a sustained Turkish presence in Afghanistan. We also conveyed to President Biden our desire to work alongside Pakistan and Hungary,”
In his press conference, Erdoğan also touched upon Afghanistan and the Turkish proposal to run Kabul airport following the departure of U.S. troops on Sept. 11.

After the NATO forces leaves Afghanistan, Turkey is said to have offered to run and safeguard Kabul International Airport.