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Erdogan: “Afghanistan was not safer with the American presence”

AA / Washington / Servet Gunerigok

Afghanistan was not more secure due to the presence of the US military in the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

“With the American presence, which dates back two decades, the region was no safer. On the contrary, every day the region saw more blood flow,” Recep Tayip Erdogan said in an interview with Margaret Brennan from CBS News, produced Tuesday in New York and aired Sunday.

He said the United States needs to reflect on its 20-year presence in the region as well as its withdrawal.

Erdogan said Turkey could eventually take on the task of securing the airport, but on condition that the United States provide logistical support, including financial support and the transfer of arms and ammunition, to Turkey.

“But things turned out in such a way that on the contrary, all weapons, ammunition and vehicles at Karzai airport fell into the hands of the Taliban. At present, the latter are using American weapons to carry out their operations. operations, “he added.

“However, we are now used to certain facts, because in the same way, the terrorist groups which attack (us) have unfortunately received very important logistical support from the United States”, declared the Turkish president.

“This happened under the previous US administration and is also happening under the current administration … PKK / YPG / PYD terrorist groups should not be supported by weapons,” he added.

Erdogan recalled that the United States and Turkey are two allies within NATO, adding: “If we are to stand in solidarity within NATO, terrorist organizations should not have such support.”

Turkey has long opposed American support for the YPG / PKK in northern Syria, a group with which the United States claims to ally itself to fight Daesh. Turkey has said that using one terrorist group to fight another makes no sense.

– We are not in Afghanistan

The Turkish president also said that Turkey had withdrawn its troops and nationals and that “we are not in Afghanistan at the moment.”

He said Turkey does not yet have an agreement with the Taliban, which mainly collaborates with Qatar.

“We have always provided unparalleled support to Afghanistan … and we will continue to do so in the coming phase,” President Erdogan said.

Asked whether Turkey could help run Karzai Airport, Erdogan replied that it depended on agreements and contracts.

“If a positive step is taken with mutual positive agreements […] [mais] right now the government in Afghanistan is not inclusive. “

“It is impossible for us to move forward with a non-inclusive government,” he said, adding, “but, if the government were to become more inclusive, we, as Turkey, could be present. “

The Turkish president also said that his country wants all Afghan women to be involved in all aspects of life, such as education, health and the justice system, and that Turkey can help Afghanistan in this area. .

* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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