Ankara. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his government has held its first meeting with the Taliban in Kabul. At the same time, he told that the terrorist group Taliban has offered to run Kabul Airport in front of him. which is currently being assessed. Speaking to reporters, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “We have had our first talks with the Taliban, which lasted about 3.5 hours. If need be, we will also have an opportunity to have such talks again.
A day earlier, two Turkish officials told Reuters news agency that the Taliban had sought technical assistance from their government for Kabul airport after the withdrawal of foreign troops, but also said that they (Turkey) had to wait before the August deadline. All our soldiers will have to be withdrawn. An official said Turkey is now in a dilemma whether to help the Taliban or not.
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Turkish officials have confirmed this offer to the news agency Reuters. He also said that it would be difficult for Ankara to take a decision on the conditional request of the Taliban. Significantly, the Muslim nation Turkey was part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan and still hundreds of its soldiers are present at Kabul airport. The Taliban have ordered American and British troops to clear Kabul airport by August 31. Along with this, the Turkish army has also been asked to leave Kabul.
Turkey had first offered
Many Muslim Turks have also been part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan. However, for months already, President Erdoan has been saying that he can continue the Turkish presence at the airport if requested. Even before the occupation of Afghanistan, Turkey had offered technical and security assistance at the airport. Regarding this, the official said, ‘Taliban has requested for technical cooperation to run the Kabul airport.’ On condition of anonymity, he said, “It has also been said to ensure the safety of the personnel performing this difficult task in the absence of Turkish security forces.”
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Why does Turkey want Kabul airport?
Kabul Airport is considered a safe way to deliver humanitarian aid. It is being said that Turkey wants to fulfill its two objectives with this. The first objective is to improve relations with the West, and secondly, to keep the way of providing humanitarian aid to this troubled country open. Because there is already a food crisis in Afghanistan. Many countries have also stopped financial aid due to the arrival of the Taliban. In such a situation, a big humanitarian crisis can arise here. The already existing problem of eating can get worse. (with agency input)
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