Kabul traffic on the Ankara-Doha line: “the deal is done” for the airport

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Today, after the US withdrawal, the Taliban are expected to declare the new regime in Afghanistan, as efforts are made to open the Kabul airport. Hosting negotiations between the Washington administration and the Taliban that launched the withdrawal process, Qatar is also leading efforts to open the airport to flights. Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdurrahman Al-Thani said he hoped the airport would become “operational as soon as possible”. “We are working very hard … I hope we will hear good news in the next few days,” said Sani, after meeting his British counterpart Dominic Raab in Doha yesterday. Last Wednesday and yesterday, two planes carrying a technical delegation from Qatar landed in Kabul to carry out inspections at the airport.


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We know that in particular the terminals and runways were damaged during the withdrawal process, and that the airport does not meet the standards required for the safety of commercial flights at this stage. The Qatari minister also said they are in close contact with Turkey “on whether it can provide technical support” for the operation of the airport.


This could happen sooner than expected for the Taliban to start exploiting Afghan airspace. An official Afghan briefing from Qatar-based Al Jazeera said the organization intended to launch domestic flights within days. According to the same source, international flights are expected to start next week. The airport is vital for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country in the grip of the economic crisis.


At the joint press conference, British Foreign Minister Raab said there was a “need to establish relations” with the Taliban, but that they would not recognize the new regime. Noting that they will judge the organization not by their statements, but by their actions, Raab said: “Britain will not recognize the Taliban for the foreseeable future.

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