Qatar is working with the Taliban to reopen the airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, as soon as possible. This was stated by Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Thursday, in Doha during a press conference with his British counterpart Dominic Raab. Turkey says it is evaluating proposals from the Taliban and other countries to help reopen the airport.
“However, there is no agreement yet,” Al-Thani said. “We are still in the evaluation stage. We have no indication of when the airport will be fully operational again.”
Qatar, which has sent a Boeing C-17A Globemaster to Kabul, is currently receiving international attention for its ability to communicate with the Taliban. The country also played the role of mediator between the radical Islamist movement and the Afghan government before the Taliban took power.
Today, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey is assessing proposals from the Taliban and other countries to help reopen Kabul Airport. “We have received requests for cooperation from the Taliban and several countries to reopen the airport and we will evaluate all of them,” Cavusoglu said. “But the most important thing is to ensure airport security.”
Regarding the latter, according to Cavusoglu, the Taliban has so far confirmed that they want to take care of security themselves. “Security must be ensured in such a way as to gain the confidence of the international community.”
Cavusoglu thinks of private security companies, “without recourse to any state army or police”.
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