Turkey was seeking Pakistan and Hungary’s involvement in a new mission in Afghanistan.

BRUSSELS (Dunya News/AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while speaking to reporters after a series of meetings with NATO leaders on the sidelines of the alliance summit in Brussels on Monday said that Turkey was seeking Pakistan and Hungary’s involvement in a new mission in Afghanistan following the departure of the US-led NATO force.

Erdogan said his country would need “diplomatic, logistic and financial assistance” from the United States if it were to maintain troops in Afghanistan to protect and run Kabul’s international airport, following the withdrawal of other NATO troops.

Turkey is reported to have offered to guard the airport as questions remain on how security will be assured along major transport routes and at the airport, which is the main gateway to Kabul.