U.S., Turkish Defence Ministers Hold 'Positive' Talks On Kabul Airport Security

U.S., Turkish Defence Ministers Hold 'Positive' Talks On Kabul Airport Security

Turkey's offer to provide security at Hamid Karzai comes amid efforts by the two governments to mend relations.

Andrew H. Sweet

U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar held a "constructive and positive" meeting to ensure the secure operation of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan, the Turkish Defence Ministry said.

Turkey has offered to police the airport after NATO's withdrawal from the country on the condition that its allies provide financial, political, and logistical support.

The airport's security is seen as key to the safe operation of diplomatic missions in Afghanistan after the withdrawal.

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