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Qatar is in talks with the Taliban to reopen Kabul airport

On September 2, 2021, the Taliban patrolled a street in Kabul.

Kabul Airport is more important than ever to bring medical and humanitarian assistance to the country several days later. The departure of the last American troops and the end of a war that lasted twenty years. Qatar said on Thursday, September 2 that it would work with the Taliban to reopen the site. “We are optimistic about the possibility of managing operations quickly.”The head of Qatar’s diplomacy, Mohammed bin Abderrahmane Al Thani, made the announcement during a press conference in Doha.“No agreement” This issue is not over yet.

“We are still in the evaluation stage. There is no clear indication as to when it will be fully operational, but we are working hard.”The Qatari minister said he had close ties to the Islamist Taliban movement that seized power in Kabul on August 15.

Le Qatar, It sent the Boeing C-17A Globemaster to Kabul on Wednesday, Is currently at the center of the international community’s attention for its ability to interact with Kabul’s new masters. This rich Gulf country acted as a mediator in the peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban before the Islamists seized power.

“It is very important for the Taliban to prove their commitment to providing a safe path [pour sortir du pays] Freedom for the People of Afghanistan “ He continued that the discussions included Turkey. “If technical assistance can be provided at this stage”.

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In June, Turkey applied to protect Kabul airport, negotiating with Washington for that purpose, but the city was still before it could be taken over by the Taliban. “There are requests for cooperation from us to reopen from the Taliban and some countries [de l’aéroport]. We evaluate them all. “Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara on Thursday. “But the most important thing is to ensure the security of the airport.”, He added. She “The international community must be assured of confidence”. The Minister has considered handing over this task to private companies.

  • Restarts United Nations humanitarian flights

UN spokesman Stephen Dujarric said on Thursday that UN humanitarian flights had resumed in northern and southern Afghanistan. Powered by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and implemented “160 humanitarian organizations to continue their key operations in the Afghan provinces”He said during a daily press conference in New York.

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The spokesman added that the planes linked Islamabad, Pakistan with Mazar-i-Sharif (north) and Kandahar (south). Three were held from August 29th.

Between 2002 and 2021, UN aircraft served more than 20 destinations in Afghanistan, the purpose of which was to return to that level once funding for security and operations was guaranteed, the spokesman said.

WFP confirms “To make every effort to increase the speed of operations quickly and to increase goals, Said Stephen Dujarric. In addition, a cargo airlift is set up to transport non-food items such as medical supplies and other emergency supplies to their destination. “

  • Waiting for the first government, the demonstration of women

Taliban, September 1, 2021, on the streets of Kabul.

The Taliban may announce the formation of their new government after Friday prayers. In an interview with the BBC On Wednesday, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stankzai, deputy head of the Taliban office in Qatar, said. “There may be a stock” In this government, but he “Impossible” Whether they are appointed as ministers or in positions of responsibility.

In Herat, the cosmopolitan capital of western Afghanistan, about fifty women took to the streets on Thursday to demand the right to their work and the participation of women in the new administration. “Negotiations are underway to form a government, but they are not talking about women’s participation, Basira Taheri, one of the organizers of the event, lamented. The Taliban should consult with us. We will continue our demonstrations, they started in Herat and they will soon expand to other provinces. “

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The general expression of this kind of discontent is new to the Taliban, who ruthlessly suppressed any dissent during the previous regime. For weeks, the Taliban tried to present a more moderate and transparent face, ensuring that women’s rights were respected. In particular, they announced that they could study at university, but in single-sex classes, recently recruiting female health workers. But, for now, these statements are struggling to convince.

  • China is to maintain an embassy in Afghanistan

A Taliban spokesman said China had promised to open its embassy in Afghanistan from Thursday to Friday. Abdul Salam Hanafi is a member of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Group in Doha, Qatar “Interview with Wu Jianga, Deputy Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China”Spokesperson Suhail Shaheen announced on Twitter.

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“The Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister promised that they would maintain their embassy in Kabul., He added.

  • Restarting money transfers

The US company that specializes in Western Union money transfer announced its resumption of operations in Afghanistan on Thursday. They were suspended on August 18 after being captured by the Taliban. “Our customer [vont pouvoir] Send money back and support loved ones “, The spokesman said in a statement. This money sent by family members living abroad is important to Afghanistan.

According to the World Bank, they are estimated at $ 789 million (or 66 665 million) by 2020, or 19.8 billion or almost 4% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the same year.

Last week, Washington announced it would suspend aid to the country during an investigation “Ways to be assertive (…) Continue to support the people of Afghanistan. “. The other major entity, the International Monetary Fund, announced on August 18 that it would suspend its own aid to Afghanistan.

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