Turkey Requests Pakistan, Hungary to Assist in Kabul Airport Security


KABUL: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, has stated that Ankara is requesting Pakistan’s and Hungary’s assistance in securing Kabul International Airport.

He also stated that following the US-led forces withdrawal, Turkey would want “diplomatic, logistic, and financial assistance” from the US to defend and manage Kabul Airport.

 “If they don’t want us to leave Afghanistan, if they want a (Turkish) support there, then the diplomatic, logistic, and financial support that the United States will give us will of great importance,” Erdogan said. Turkey, a majority Muslim nation which has close historic ties to Afghanistan, currently has some 500 soldiers in the war-torn country.

As of now, there has been no response from the Afghan administration. However, Pakistan is frequently accused of sponsoring Taliban training camps and giving financial assistance on its land.

Relationships between the two countries have lately deteriorated. Top leaders from the neighbor countries have recently made disparaging statements against one another.

The Taliban in a statement opposed Turkey’s offer of guarding the Kabul Airport. The group said that under the February 29 peace deal, all countries active as part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan must leave.