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Qatar won’t take responsibility for Kabul airport without ‘clear’ agreements

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Qatari particular forces arrive at Kabul airport the place the Gulf emirate has been supporting operations. Photograph AFP
  • Doha has change into a key dealer in Afghanistan since US withdrawal, serving to evacuations at Kabul airport.
  • We have to be sure that every thing is addressed very clearly in any other case… we aren’t in a position to take any responsibility, says Qatari FM. 
  • Qatar Airways planes have made a number of journeys to Kabul, flying in support and Doha’s representatives and ferrying out foreigners.

DOHA: Qatar has warned it might not take responsibility for operations of Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport without “clear” agreements with all of the authorities involved, together with the Taliban.

Doha has change into a key dealer in Afghanistan following final month’s withdrawal of US forces, serving to evacuate hundreds of foreigners and Afghans, partaking the brand new Taliban rulers and supporting operations at Kabul airport.

“We have to be sure that every thing is addressed very clearly in any other case… we aren’t in a position to take any responsibility of the airport (if) all this stuff aren’t addressed,” Qatar Overseas Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani stated at a press briefing.

“Proper now the standing remains to be (below) negotiation as a result of we have to have an settlement that’s clear for everybody for all of the events and who’s going to take care of the technical (facet), who’s going to take care of the safety elements.”

“There’s a risk for collaboration with different nations if wanted, however till now the dialogue is just amongst us, Turkey and the Taliban.”

For the reason that US pullout, Qatar Airways planes have made a number of journeys to Kabul, flying in support and Doha’s representatives and ferrying out overseas passport holders.

A Pakistan Worldwide Airways jet landed in Kabul Monday, marking the primary worldwide business flight because the US withdrawal.

It then made a return flight to Islamabad with about 70 folks on board — largely Afghans who had been kinfolk of staffers with worldwide organisations, in line with airport floor workers.

Kabul’s airport was ransacked after US-led forces completed a chaotic evacuation of greater than 120,000 folks, and the Taliban have since scrambled to renew operations with technical help from Qatar and different nations.

Qatar Airways operated a number of constitution flights out of Kabul final week, carrying largely foreigners and Afghans who missed out on the evacuation.

An Afghan airline resumed home companies on September 3.

However the resumption of standard business flights will likely be a key check for the Taliban, who’ve repeatedly promised to permit Afghans with the suitable paperwork to go away the nation freely.

The US pulled its remaining troops out of Afghanistan on August 30, ending its longest battle simply forward of the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 assaults that prompted its invasion.

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