Bilateral Relations

Turkey and Qatar jointly working on resuming Kabul airport operations

by Daily Sabah

One of the most critical questions following the U.S. troops’ withdrawal and the Taliban’s takeover of the rule in Afghanistan is about providing the security and functionality of Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport. Keeping the airport open after foreign forces hand over control is vital not just for Afghanistan to stay connected to the world but to maintain aid supplies and operations. Turkey and Qatar now seem to be the two countries leading the effort to resume operations at Kabul airport.

Most recently, a spokesperson from the Taliban Thursday confirmed that the two countries lead efforts to resume the airport’s operations.

Speaking about the Kabul airport, Zabihullah Mujahid said in an interview published by Italian newspaper La Repubblica that the facility is fully under Taliban control but has been seriously damaged.

“The airport should be clean within the next three days and will be rebuilt in a short time. I hope it will be operational again in September,” he said.

On Thursday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also said that Turkey is evaluating plans to reopen Kabul’s airport in a joint news conference with his Dutch counterpart Sigrid Kaag in Turkey’s capital Ankara.

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