Erdogan suggests new security plan involving Pakistan for Kabul airport safety

erdagon Brussels to attend (NATO)
erdagon Brussels to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

NUT Desk- BRUSSELS: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed a new trilateral mechanism involving Turkey, Pakistan and Hungary for the security of Kabul airport after the withdrawal of foreign troops.

The Turkish president, who is in Brussels to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit, said his would need “diplomatic, logistic and financial assistance” from the US if it were to maintain troops in Afghanistan for security operations.

According to international media, Turkey is reported to have offered to guard the airport amid concerns over the security along major transport routes and at the airport, which is the main gateway to Kabul.

“If they don’t want us to leave Afghanistan, if they want a (Turkish) support there, then the diplomatic, logistic, and financial support that the United States will give us will be of great importance,” Erdogan said. Turkey currently has some 500 soldiers in the war-torn country.