Turkey can be called the new leader in Afghanistan, since it is she who will guarantee security in the region after the withdrawal of US troops. Former head of Turkish military intelligence Ismail Beijing said this in an interview with Lenta.ru correspondent Khayal Muazzin.
According to Beijing, this can be perceived as Ankara’s mission within NATO, but even in this case, the Turkish side will defend its interests.
In addition, he commented on the summit of the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, held on June 14. The ex-head of Turkish intelligence believes that the US wanted to “demonstrate strength” and declare its primacy there, but this did not happen. Thus, Washington failed to consolidate NATO countries and achieve a common understanding of important issues. “There is no consensus even on issues related to Russia,” Beijing admitted.
In addition, the United States wanted to achieve a reset in relations between the members of the alliance during the summit, but this did not happen either. While Ankara pledged its commitment to NATO, it also stressed the importance of its relationship with China and Russia.
The official withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghan territories began on May 1. US President Joe Biden said that the US military would leave the country completely by 9/11. In his opinion, the military forces cannot support the local government. Turkey plans to ensure security, in particular, of the airport of the capital of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American troops.