The Turkish President said on Friday that under the Taliban’s proposal, Turkey may eventually operate an airport in the Afghan capital Kabul, with the Taliban itself providing security, but has not yet made a decision.
“The Taliban have proposed that we operate Kabul airport. We have not yet made a decision on this issue,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid continued evacuations in the wake of Thursday’s deadly terrorist attack just outside the airport grounds.
At a press conference in Istanbul before flying to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Erdogan condemned terrorist attacks and emphasized that such attacks by Da’esh/Islamic State represented a serious threat to the region and the world.
He said that this heinous attack shows the importance of Afghanistan’s security, and the country’s current priority is to evacuate Turkish citizens.
The President added that despite the attack, the evacuation of Turkish troops and civilians is continuing and will be completed as soon as possible.
The ISIS-K terrorist organization is the Afghan branch of Daesh/ISIS. It claims to be responsible for the attacks that killed at least 90 people, including 13 American soldiers.