Duvar English - Reuters
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin on July 7 had a "constructive and positive meeting" to discuss a plan for Turkey to operate and guard Kabul airport after the NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.
Ankara has offered to run and guard the Hamid Karzai international airport after NATO's withdrawal, and has been in talks with allies, namely the United States, on financial, political and logistical support.
Security of the airport is key for the operations of diplomatic missions out of Afghanistan after the withdrawal.
The Pentagon said in a statement that Austin and Akar discussed the drawdown of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan and both "reasserted the importance of adequate security" at the airport. It said the two agreed to speak again in the near future.
The talks would continue on July 8, the Turkish statement said.