Biden and Erdogan agreed on Afghanistan
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced that Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed in their meeting in Brussels at the beginning of the week that Turkey should take a leading role in securing Kabul International Airport.
Briefing reporters by phone about Biden’s meetings in Europe, Sullivan said that Biden and Erdogan talked in detail about a possible Turkish mission to ensure the airport’s security after the Resolute Support Mission ended, and they agreed that they would work together.
Sullivan said that they are developing a plan to implement Turkey’s offer for the Kabul International Airport.
“The clear commitment from the leaders established that Turkey would play a leading role in securing Hamid Karzai International Airport, and we are now working through how to execute just that,” Sulivan said.
Sullivan pointed out that Washington has a plan B in case Turkey is unable to provide security assistance or the assistance is limited.
Last week, a Taliban spokesperson, referring to the 2020 agreement that calls for the withdrawal of US troops, said that Turkey should also respond to the call.
Sullivan added that Biden and Erdogan did not agree on the S400 issue, which is one of the most severe crises between the two countries.