The Pentagon: Discussing details of the support provided to Turkey in Afghanistan


US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby announced that Turkey has agreed to take the lead in staying in Afghanistan and protecting Hamid Karzai Airport.

And they discussed the details of the support that will be provided to Turkey to carry out this task.


US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said they are closely monitoring the security situation in Afghanistan, but the timetable for a full US withdrawal has not changed.

In response to a reporter’s question about whether an agreement was reached on the protection of Kabul Airport Hamid Karzai during a phone call between Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

Kirby replied that this meeting was between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit last week, and said it was a continuation of the dialogue.

National Defense Minister Akar also spoke over the phone with his US counterpart Austin, “Turkey agreed to lead the way in protecting the airport.”

“Turkey agreed to take the lead in protecting the airport, however, details are still being worked out,” Kirby said.

There is still more work to be done, and they stated that they need support from the United States and the international community, we are working on that.”


“We don’t know yet what full support is”

The reporter asked, “Is the United States ready to provide financial or logistical support to Turkey in this regard?”

In response to a question from Kirby, “As I said, we’re working on this issue, we don’t know yet what full support is.”

While the US withdrawal from Afghanistan continues, negotiations continue over the protection of Hamid Karzai Airport.

Which is important for the diplomatic missions of many countries with the withdrawal of US forces.