Turkey is hammering out a deal with the US to take over security operations at Kabul’s civilian airport, offering the Nato partners a rare chance for co-operation after a series of disputes have chilled relations. The US this week left its main military base in Afghanistan, part of an accelerated withdrawal that has led to a resurgent Taliban gaining ground and concerns that the country could descend into chaos. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Joe Biden at last month’s Nato summit that Turkey could run security at the airport if the US president provided it with the “diplomatic, logistical and financial support” required for the mission. Erdogan also acknowledged “the reality of the Taliban”, saying Ankara would continue talks with the militants.

Source : FINANCIAL TIMES

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