After the withdrawal of US troops, Turkey will lead the security of Kabul airport, Biden and Erdogan will come to an agreement.
President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed in Turkey this week that Turkey would play a leading role in securing Kabul airport as the US withdraws troops from Afghanistan, a US official said.
However, the two leaders failed to resolve the long-running dispute that has strained ties between Washington and Ankara over Turkey’s purchase of a Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system.
US National Security Adviser Ake Sullivan told reporters on Thursday that Biden and Erdogan discussed security at Afghanistan’s airport during a meeting on June 14 at a NATO summit.
Erdogan asked the United States for assistance in securing the airport, and Biden pledged to provide that assistance, Sullivan said, according to Reuters.
“The clear commitment of the governors confirmed that Turkey will play a leading role in securing Hamid Karzai International Airport. We are now working on how to execute it to achieve this,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan’s remarks bring first details from Biden և’s meeting with Erdogan to US President Ankara will not change its position on the Russian S-400 missile system.
Ankara’s purchase of Russian anti-aircraft weapons has thwarted US plans to sell Turkey an advanced F-35 fighter jet. Washington has Ankara removed F-35 fighter jets from the program և apply sanctions.
“I said [Biden] “They should not expect Turkey to take another step in the F-35 և S-400 issue, because we did what was necessary for the F-35 and gave the necessary money,” Erdogan told reporters from Azerbaijan. during the flight on Thursday
“We have to keep a close eye on developments. “We will pursue all our rights,” he said.
Turkey and the United States have been at loggerheads over a number of other issues, including political disputes over Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean.
The two leaders seemed optimistic after their meeting, although they did not say what concrete progress they had made. A potential area of co-operation has been Afghanistan, where Ankara has offered to maintain and operate Kabul airport following the withdrawal of US and NATO forces in the coming weeks.
Airport security is crucial to the conduct of diplomatic missions in Afghanistan as Western forces withdraw.
A Taliban spokesman said last week Turkey must withdraw its troops Withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in 2020 under the deal, but Sullivan said Taliban comments did not preclude “detailed and effective” security plan The United States is coming together.
“Obviously, we take seriously the fear that the Taliban or other elements in Afghanistan will attack a Western or international presence … We do not believe that what the Taliban has said publicly should or will impede the establishment of that security presence. “Sullivan said,”
As president, Biden has taken a colder stance on Erdogan than his predecessor, Donald Trump. Biden quickly recognized the 1915 Armenian Genocide as genocide, and Biden intensified his criticism of Turkish human rights.
It was unclear whether Biden raised the issue of human rights during his meeting with Erdogan, և Sullivan gave little details about how deadlock on S-400s would be solved
“It simply came to our notice then. There was no solution to the issue. “There was a commitment to continue the dialogue on the S-400, the two teams will pursue that exit,” he said.