- Taliban asks Turkey for technical help to run Kabul airport
- President Erdogan was trying to grab this airport for a long time
- Taliban put condition to call army from Turkey, said – call back by August 31
The Taliban have sought technical help from Turkey to run the Kabul airport after American troops left. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been persuading the Taliban for a long time to operate this airport. Then the Taliban every time rejected this appeal of Turkey and gave a stern warning. Now the Taliban has said that it will seek technical help from Turkey to operate the Kabul airbase, but its forces will have to return by 31 August. At present, about 200 Turkish soldiers are stationed at Kabul Airport.
Very difficult for Turkey to decide
The news agency Reuters quoted Turkish officials as saying that it would be difficult for Ankara to decide on the conditional request of the Islamic Taliban. The Muslim nation of Turkey was part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan and still has hundreds of troops stationed at Kabul airport. At the same time, Turkish officials have said that they are ready to withdraw their troops at short notice.
Turkey keen on Kabul airport
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has said for the past several months that it could have an airport presence if requested. Turkey offered technical and security support at the airport after the Taliban took control of the country. The Taliban then rejected Turkey’s appeal. After which Erdogan tried to engage the Taliban through his friend and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.
Will Turkey be ready without soldiers?
A senior Turkish official said the Taliban had requested technical assistance in running the Kabul airport. However, the Taliban’s demand for the release of all Turkish troops would complicate any possible mission. Ensuring the safety of workers is a risky task without the Turkish armed forces. He said that talks are on with the Taliban on this issue and in the meantime preparations for the withdrawal of the army have been completed.
Turkey has not decided yet
It is not yet clear whether Turkey will be ready to provide technical assistance to the Taliban in the absence of its troops. Another Turkish official said a final decision would be made by the August 31 deadline. On this day, the 20-year-long NATO mission in Afghanistan will officially end.
Why Taliban wants to keep Kabul airport open
The Taliban is compelled to keep the airport of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, open. The Taliban knows very well that if this airport closes, then Afghanistan’s connectivity will be cut off from the whole world. Not only this, it is also necessary for this airport to remain open to maintain aid supply and operation. Taliban leaders and foreigners will also not be able to go anywhere due to the closure of this airport.
President Erdogan and Mullah Baradar