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Turkey will take over the defense of Kabul Airport instead of the United States|Turkey|Erdogan|Afghanistan_Sina News

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Original title: Turkey will replace the United States to take over the defense of Kabul Airport

  [文/观察者网 王世纯]According to a report by the Turkish Anadolu News Agency on July 10, Turkish President Erdogan confirmed to the outside world on July 9 that Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement that Turkey will take over and station at the airport in the Afghan capital Kabul after the U.S. forces withdraw. This statement caused controversy in Turkey.

Regarding Turkey’s position, the Taliban also stated that if Turkey fails to withdraw its troops on time, it will regard Turkey as an “occupier”.

Turkish President Erdogan Tuyuan: Anadolu News Agency

Erdogan said on July 9: “In negotiations with the United States and NATO, we will decide to take part of the responsibility, and we will take this step in the most appropriate way.”

Before Erdogan’s confirmation, the Turkish Ministry of Defense also confirmed that Turkey will take over the defense of Kandahar Airport. The Afghan government also stated on the 9th that it supports Turkey’s plan to take over the airport. The Afghan government says the presence of Turkish troops will help repel possible attacks by the Taliban.

Turkish troops in Afghanistan (light-colored clothes in the picture) Source: social mediaTurkish troops in Afghanistan (light-colored clothes in the picture) Source: social media

Regarding Turkey’s statement, Radio France Internationale commented in the report that Erdogan wanted to “show good” to US President Biden when the relationship between Turkey and NATO was tense, showing that Turkey is a member of NATO (NATO). A reliable and voluntary ally, and ease the tension between Turkey and the United States.

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The Taliban has made rapid progress in Afghanistan in the past few weeks, taking a lot of land. In the past few days, the Taliban slowed down their offensive speed, but the Taliban began to attack the capital cities. According to Al Jazeera’s early news on July 9, the Taliban invaded Kandahar (the capital of Kandahar Province), the largest city in southern Afghanistan.

There was also news on the same day that, in addition to the ports on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, the Taliban also obtained control of multiple ports on the border between Afghanistan and Iran and Turkmenistan. Al Jazeera commented that the occupation of border crossings and mineral-rich areas may help the Taliban increase its financial capacity.

The spokesperson of the Afghan Taliban’s political office in Doha, Mohamed Naim, told the Satellite News Agency that Afghanistan’s neighboring countries do not need to worry about border security, Afghanistan’s ports will operate normally, and foreign diplomatic agencies and charitable organizations in Afghanistan will not encounter trouble. Iran’s official news agency also confirmed on the 11th that the Taliban had resumed border trade after seizing the port of IslamQala, an important port in Iran and Afghanistan.

The Taliban announced on July 10 that they have controlled 85% of Afghanistan’s territory. In response, Afghan government officials said that the Taliban’s statement was part of the propaganda campaign.

At present, due to the deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan, many governments have evacuated their own diplomatic personnel. The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on July 11 that the staff of the country’s consulate in Kandahar had been evacuated. A security source added that about 50 Indian personnel were evacuated, including 6 diplomats.

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