Kabul airport should remain open, issue to 'take shape' in days: Turkish minister

Kabul airport should remain open, issue to 'take shape' in days: Turkish minister
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Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar spoke at the nation's embassy in Islamabad as Afghan government troops continued to battle Taliban insurgents.
Turkey's Hulusi Akar said the Kabul airport issue will "take shape" in the coming days [AFP/Getty]

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday that it would be beneficial for Kabul airport to remain open and that the issue will "take shape" in the coming days.

He was speaking at the Turkish Embassy in Islamabad as Afghan government forces battled Taliban insurgent fighters in and around several cities on Thursday, and after a US defence official said US intelligence believed the Taliban could take over Kabul within 90 days.

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Turkey has offered to deploy troops at Kabul airport after NATO withdraws and has held talks with the United States for weeks. In exchange, President Tayyip Erdogan has asked for financial, logistical and diplomatic conditions to be met.

(Reuters)