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Iran starts commercial flights to Taliban-led Afghanistan

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Passengers get off a Mahan Air flight on the airport in Kabul on September 15. Picture AFP

TEHRAN: Iran has resumed commercial flights to Afghanistan, a month after the Taliban swept into Kabul final month and ousted the federal government.

“At the moment Mahan Air carried passengers between Mashhad and Kabul airport,” Fars Information Company reported, referring to Iran’s second-largest metropolis, within the northeast, and the Afghan capital.

“At current, this airliner is returning to Mashhad with passengers.”

It was the primary such flight between the 2 nations because the return of the Taliban to energy on August 15.

The Iranian civil aviation company had introduced the interruption of flights to Kabul on August 16 for safety causes.

Beforehand, Mahan Air had operated two flights per week between Mashhad and Kabul.

Mahan Air, the second largest Iranian airline after the state-owned Iran Air, has been on the blacklist of entities focused by US sanctions towards Iran since 2011.

In accordance to the UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees, the Islamic republic hosts greater than 3.46 million Afghans, most of them refugees or unlawful immigrants, representing greater than 4 per cent of Iran’s inhabitants.

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