The radical Afghan Taliban movement (banned in the Russian Federation) demanded that Turkey withdraw its troops along with other NATO member countries. This was stated by Taliban spokesman Suheil Shahin.
“As a NATO member, Turkey must withdraw its troops from Afghanistan on the basis of an agreement that we signed with the United States on February 29, 2020,” the Afghan TV channel Tolo News quotes Shahin on Friday. “And so, Turkey is a great Muslim country, Afghanistan has historical We hope to have a close and good relationship with her after a new Islamic government is established in our country in the future. ”
The Taliban have responded to a recent offer from Turkey to secure the Kabul airport with its armed forces following the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. According to Reuters, Ankara made the offer to Washington at a meeting of NATO defense ministers in May this year, when the United States and its allies discussed a plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The discussion on the Turkish proposal is scheduled to continue next week during the NATO summit.
On April 14, 2021, US President Joe Biden announced plans to begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan in May, completing this process by September 11, 2021. The previous administration, led by Donald Trump, signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020 in Doha, under which Washington pledged to withdraw its troops, as well as those of its allies, by May 1, 2021. This deviation from the agreements reached caused sharp discontent on the part of the Taliban, who in fact declared that in this case they consider themselves free from the obligations assumed under the Doha Agreement. The number of Turkish soldiers deployed in Afghanistan in the NATO-led Resolute Support mission is 500.