Turkey will not send additional troops to Afghanistan as part of a plan to secure and run the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul after US and NATO forces leave the country.

Turkey has offered to secure and run the airport after troops withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

TRT reported that a US delegation is expected to travel to Turkey to discuss Kabul airport’s security on Thursday.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told TRT on Wednesday that Turkey had a military presence in Afghanistan working under NATO’s Resolute Support Mission to guard the airport for six years.

He said details of the plan were still being discussed. 

TRT reported that Ankara has said it cannot carry out the mission without support. 

The Afghan government has said that it is in talks with Turkey over the security of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. 

Afghanistan will decide about the issue in accordance with its national interests, National Security Council said on June 18.

The Presidential Palace has pledged that all airports in Afghanistan will remain operational once the foreign forces withdraw from the country in the coming months.


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