Turkey, US agree on 'scope' of Kabul airport security: Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkey and the US agreed on the "scope" of how to secure Kabul airport under the control of Turkish forces after Washington's withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Turkey promised to provide security for the airport once the troops leave next month, in a move hailed as an example of improved relations between Ankara and Washington.
Erdogan said the issue was discussed between Turkish and American defence ministers on Thursday, adding: "During discussions with America and NATO, we decided on what would be the scope of the mission, what we would accept and not accept."
Washington hailed Ankara's "clear commitment" to playing a lead role on securing the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the leaders' discussions.
The dialogue between the NATO allies continued to cement the details of the future Turkish mission with a visit to Turkey by a US delegation last month and multiple phone calls between Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin.
Kabul Airport is the main exit route for Western diplomats and aid workers.
Biden said on Thursday that Washington's exit from Afghanistan would be complete on August 31, nearly 20 years after the military mission began.
He added it was "not inevitable" that the country would fall to the emboldened Taliban.
The Turkish offer to secure the airport came as Erdogan sought to mend relations with the US, strained since 2016 over multiple areas of disagreement.