The Turkish and the U.S defense heads hold a constructive telephonic meeting to discuss issues about the Afghan airport. Lloyd Austin, the U.S defense secretary, and Hulusi Akar, the Defense Ministry of Turkey, discussed the operation and security of the Hamid Karzai International Airport situated in Kabul.
After yesterday’s positive and constructive meeting, the two officials will continue the talks today as well. Earlier this month, the delegators of the U.S. State Department and the executives of the Pentagon had arrived at Ankara to conduct a meeting to discuss the progress on efforts to secure the Hamid Karzai International Airport following the U.S forces pullout. This is also likely to be followed by the NATO officials retracting the same route.
The NATO allies shall also do the same. U.S President and Turkish delegates had discussed the same issue at the NATO summit held in Brussels. The security forces of Turkey have reportedly offered to guard the airport. However, concerns about how the troops will protect the major transport routes and airports have been repeatedly raised.