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Canada Afghan Taliban call for the return of international flights to Kabul

01:00  27 september  2021
01:00  27 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The Taliban on Sunday called for international flights out of Afghanistan to resume, claiming that issues with the Kabul international airport have been resolved. Reuters noted that some airlines like Pakistan International Airlines have recently begun offering limited international flights in and out of Afghanistan , though the prices for tickets are significantly higher than they usually are. The Kabul international airport was the site of the suicide bombing that killed dozens of Afghans and 13 U.S. service members during the final evacuations from the country after the Taliban took control.

The Taliban have called for the resumption of international flights to the Afghan capital Kabul , saying all technical issues at the Hamid Karzai International airport have been resolved, amid some signs of normalcy following the group’s takeover of the country last month. "Many Afghan citizens were stuck outside and unable to return to their homeland," the spokesman said. "Moreover, many Afghan citizens who have international employment or pursue education abroad are now facing difficulties in reaching their destinations," he added.

Des passagers débarquent d'un avion commercial à leur arrivée de Kandahar (sud de l'Afghanistan) à l'aéroport international Hamid Karzai de Kaboul, le 5 septembre 2021. © REUTERS - STRINGER Passengers disembark from a commercial aircraft on arrival in Kandahar (southern Afghanistan) at the international airport Hamid Karzai in Kabul 5 September 2021.

in Afghanistan, the Taliban urged international airlines to resume flights from the capital, Kabul. The statement comes as the new government is intensifying efforts to gain acceptance in the international community.

The Taliban ensure that the Kabul airport can resume service. Since the end of the evacuations August 30 organized by the Western countries, only a humanitarian and commercial flights could take off from the Afghan capital. For this summer, the airport facilities were severely damaged during the chaotic evacuation. More than 120 000 people have left the country in just weeks. Today, the activity at the airport has resumed through technical assistance Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

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Taliban terrorists said Sunday that Afghanistan 's skies are safe for the return of international flights , adding Kabul airport is open. Facilities at the capital’s air transport hub were badly damaged in the chaotic evacuation of more than 120,000 people that ended August 30 with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and allied troops. AFP reports since then only charter flights have been operating to the newly declared Islamic Caliphate, although Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Iran’s Mahan Air and Afghanistan ’s Kam Air have run a limited number of special flights .

(Reuters) - The Taliban government in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying that problems at Kabul airport had been resolved. The statement from the foreign affairs ministry comes as the new administration has While some airlines including Pakistan International Airlines have been offering limited services and some people have been able to get places on flights , prices have been reported to be many times higher than normal. Foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said the suspension of international

Currently the only companies operating are Pakistan International Airlines and Kam Air, a private Afghan company. But a single ticket costs more than $ 1 000 for a flight time of 40 minutes between Kabul and Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. Even at this price - linked insurance covering risks of war, according to the companies - flights offered are struggling to meet demand. That's why the Taliban hope the normal commercial flights will be quickly restored.


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"Many Afghan citizens were stranded abroad with no possibility of returning to their homeland, "said in a statement Abdul Qahar Balkhi, new spokesman of the Foreign Ministry. "Moreover, many citizens Afghan employees abroad or who study outside the country are now facing difficulties to reach their destination," he added.

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The Taliban government in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying that problems at Kabul airport had been resolved. Foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said the suspension of international flights had left many Afghans stranded abroad and also prevented people from travelling for work or study. “As the problems at Kabul International Airport have been resolved and the airport is fully operational for domestic and international flights , the IEA assures all airlines of its full cooperation,” he said, using

The Taliban government in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying that problems at Kabul airport had been resolved. The statement from the foreign affairs ministry comes as the new administration has stepped up efforts to open up the country and gain international acceptance following the collapse of the Western-backed Foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said the suspension of international flights had left many Afghans stranded abroad and also prevented people from travelling for work or study.

In an interview with CBS News, recorded on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sunday Turkey expects the Taliban government "inclusive" before concluding an agreement with them operational on the airport of Kabul.

After the unexpected fall of the regime supported by the West, Turkey has initiated discussions with the new masters of the country to help manage the site, essential humanitarian aid and Afghanistan's relations with the rest of the world. But no effect so far.

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