Abdullah Supports Turkey’s Troops Presence for Kabul Airport Security


KABUL: In a recent interview with Anadolu Agency, the head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has expressed the importance of Turkey’s presence in the Kabul International Airport following the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

He said, “personally, as a citizen of that country, I think that’s important if Turkey place (itself) there (at the Kabul International Airport).”

He accused the Taliban of trying to take advantage of the withdrawal progress claiming, “Taliban have tried to take advantage of the relative vacuum that the absence of the international troops or departure of the international troops has left behind.”

He said that the Taliban mostly interested in choosing war over a peaceful solution after the withdrawal of foreign troops.  However, he quickly added that such gains from the insurgency group to be “temporary,” and according to him, will not work.
This is in the midst of the rising numbers of violent confrontations from both government and Taliban across Afghan territory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier had said his country needs diplomatic, logistic and financial assistance from the US for a continued military presence in Afghanistan to guard and run the Kabul International Airport.