Taliban demand resumption of international flights to and from Afghanistan

This Sunday the Taliban called for the resumption of international flights to and from Afghanistan, which have been suspended since the insurgents came to power in the Asian country.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balji said through his account on the social network Twitter that the problems at Kabul International Airport have already been resolved, so that its domestic and international flight facilities are “fully functional”.

Taliban demand resumption of international flights to and from Afghanistan
Taliban demand resumption of international flights to and from Afghanistan

He has also reaffirmed the “full cooperation” of the new authorities with the airlines and hopes that the companies that previously flew to Kabul will do so again. “The Federal Foreign Office has once again reaffirmed its full cooperation on this matter,” he emphasized.

Balkhi complained that “recent political changes” in Afghanistan have suspended flights, leaving Afghan citizens “stranded” outside the Asian country and unable to return.

“Most of these Afghans are women, children, students, patients and merchants who must travel freely,” he continued. He also referred to the “many Afghan nationals who work or study abroad” who “have difficulty reaching their destination”.

All commercial flights to and from Afghanistan were suspended after the Taliban came to power in mid-August, which took place in the midst of the withdrawal of international troops from the Asian country and led to massive evacuations of civilians from Kabul.

The US military damaged military and commercial aircraft as well as the radar system of the airport facilities.

The first international flight since the Taliban captured Kabul left the airport in early September after Qatari and Turkish technicians took over. Hundreds of Afghans who want to leave or return are stranded in their current locations as a result. No country has yet recognized the Taliban.

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