Ankara and Washington will maintain political consultations on bilateral relations in addition to regional developments on Sept. 16-17, the Turkish international ministry stated on Wednesday.
Deputy International Minister Sedat Önal will meet with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland.
“Bilateral relations, regional points and worldwide developments are deliberate to be mentioned within the framework of complete political consultations to be held between the delegations in the course of the go to,” the ministry stated in a written assertion.
With the Taliban in possession of Kabul’s airport after the U.S. accomplished its withdrawal on Aug. 31, the main target will now shift from the mammoth Western evacuation operation to the group’s future plans for the transport hub.
Turkey had provided to run safety following the withdrawal of international troops, however the Taliban repeatedly stated it will not settle for any international navy presence in Afghanistan after Aug. 31.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated Turkey was nonetheless assessing the group’s provide, however the Taliban nonetheless insisted on controlling safety.
Since 2002, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have operated in Afghanistan below the United Nations, NATO and bilateral agreements to contribute to the peace, welfare and stability of the Afghan folks. Turkey had greater than 500 noncombatant troops stationed in Afghanistan as a part of NATO’s now-abandoned mission within the war-torn nation.
Turkey had been in Afghanistan in a noncombatant function for 20 years and had been concerned in consultancy efforts, reconstruction and upkeep. It had been working the airport for six years.
After the Taliban seized management of the nation, Turkey provided technical and safety help on the airport.
Maintaining the airport open after international forces handed over management is significant not only for Afghanistan to remain related to the world however to keep up help provides and operations.
The Taliban have insisted they wish to preserve the civilian airport open, however with out ensures over safety, industrial airways are reluctant to function out of Kabul. To date, solely Pakistan’s nationwide flag service, Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA), has resumed scheduled service to the airport.
On the opposite aspect, whereas the problem of Afghanistan emerges as a attainable subject for cooperation, the 2 nations have nonetheless a number of points they disagree on.
Ankara and Washington disagree on quite a lot of points which have additional strained bilateral ties, from Turkey’s buy of Russian S-400 air protection programs to U.S. assist for the Syrian department of the PKK, the YPG, in addition to the U.S. refusal to extradite Fetullah Gülen, chief of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ).