Qatar aircraft with technical team lands in Kabul

(Doha) A Qatari plane with a technical team landed in Kabul, the Afghan capital, on Wednesday to discuss “airport operations resumption,” a source familiar with the matter told AFP.

Posted on Sep 1, 2021 at 8:04 am Updated at 8:37 am

It is the first foreign plane to land in Kabul since the last American soldiers left the Afghan capital on Monday.

“Although no final agreement on the provision of technical assistance was reached, a team from Qatar started a discussion based on a request,” added the Islamist Taliban movement in power in Kabul and other protagonists without giving any details.

Qatar maintains close ties with the Taliban, who became the new masters of Kabul on August 15, and plays a central role in the negotiations between the Islamist regime and the international community.

The Boeing C-17A Globemaster landed on the tarmac at Kabul Airport. “Discussions on security issues are still ongoing,” said the same source.

“The aim is to resume flights to and from Kabul to provide humanitarian aid and ensure freedom of movement in a safe manner, including resuming evacuations,” she said.

Qatar had played a mediator role in the peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban before the Islamists came to power on August 15. Since then, he has had a privileged connection with the Taliban.

The rich gas emirate is currently the focus of international community attention as it communicates with the new masters of Kabul.

“As a fair and neutral mediator between the Taliban and the USA or between the Taliban and other Afghan parties, we have built trust in all protagonists in recent years,” argued the diplomatic chief Mohammed ben Abderrahmane Al-Thani on Wednesday. from Qatar. “This investment generated this trust. We all have to use it […] for the future of Afghanistan. ”

The Taliban celebrated their victory in Afghanistan on Tuesday following the withdrawal of the last American soldiers that ended 20 years of a devastating war sparked by the intervention of an international coalition led by the United States to oust the same Taliban from power after the United States Attacks on September 11, 2001 on American soil.

The return of the Islamists to power forced the West to rush to evacuate their nationals and Afghans, who were likely to face reprisals by the Taliban, particularly for working for foreign troops, from Kabul Airport.

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