Ismatulla Irgashev, a senior adviser to Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, said that they will not return helicopters of former government of Afghanistan to the Taliban.
Mr. Irgashev in an interview with VOA said that the aircraft are property of the US and will not be returned to the government of Taliban in Kabul.
“We’ve kept this military equipment in agreement with the U.S. and have told the Taliban so,” he said.
He added that the US government paid for the aircraft, and Uzbekistan believes it is totally up to Washington how to deal with them.
On the other hand, the US defense officials confirmed to VOA that Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have no plan to return the helicopters to the Taliban.
It is mentionable that after the collapse of former government, dozens of helicopters of Afghanistan’s Army had been flown to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan by former military pilots.
Earlier Taliban defense minister, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, urged the countries to take steps and return the helicopters to the Taliban government in Kabul.