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American expert says Turkish, US ties will improve with cooperation in Afghanistan

American and Turkish cooperation to ensure the safe operation of Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul would have positive effects on bilateral ties, argues Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the US-based Hudson Institute.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Doran commented on Turkish and American ties along with recent developments in Afghanistan from where the US is scheduled to withdraw by the end of August.

“I think it’s going to have an extremely positive impact on the broader relationship, or at least, it’s going to have a very positive impact on the military-to-military relationship between the United States and Turkey,” he said, referring to cooperation on securing the airport.

Underlining that the military relationship was the very “bedrock” of ties, Doran said: “And since the United States started supporting the YPG, that relationship has really soured, and I think that the faster we can get back to strong military-to-military cooperation, the better it will be for both countries.”

“The Turkish leadership has recognized that the United States is pulling back but it still has interests, and it realizes that Turkey has certain capabilities that it can bring to the fore which would be a great service to the United States and to the alliance,” he said, adding it bodes well for the future of relations.