Responding to the question during the daily press conference on the words of Hulusi Akar, the Minister of National Defense, that Turkey can provide security for Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport if the conditions are met, Kirby said stated that he was not aware of these statements but held talks with Ankara on this matter.
Kirby said: “We have ongoing discussions with the Turkish leadership about their plans to keep the airport safe. Obviously, this is a decision President Erdogan should make and we respect it, but of course we have had preliminary discussions, and as we have said in general terms before, airport security, Whatever form it takes, it will be important not only for the United States but also for other nations to maintain their diplomatic presence in Kabul. he said.
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Minister Akar used the following statements in his statement on Tuesday:
“We are talking to Americans about Afghanistan. We spoke at the NATO Defense Ministers meeting on Tuesday, it’s between the Americans and the delegations. We intend to stay in Afghanistan depending on the conditions. What are our conditions? Policies, financial and logistical support. Otherwise, we can stay at Hamid Karzai International Airport. We are awaiting the response on our terms. However, the Afghan people are our brother. The objective is to ensure peace in Afghanistan. We have a historic brotherhood. We want to stay in Afghanistan as long as the Afghan people want and can help. “
The United States reached an agreement with the Taliban in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on February 29, 2020, and has promised to withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan on May 1, in accordance with the agreement.
US President Joe Biden, who took office on January 20, 2021, announced on May 1 that it was not possible to withdraw completely, and then ordered the withdrawal of all US troops from the country until the anniversary of September 11.
According to data from the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), 50% of the withdrawal was completed.