Saturday, September 25, 2021

Taliban in Talks with Qatar and Turkey for Airport Management

The Taliban have initiated talks with Qatar and Turkey about the management of air control services of Kabul Airport, Al Jazeera news reported on Tuesday.

The talks are aimed at securing the airport as soon as possible so that people who want to leave Afghanistan can do so using commercial flights, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday.

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The US military assumed air traffic control responsibilities in Kabul to facilitate the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan in the past two months.

With the withdrawal of the US, American civil aircraft are barred from operating over the country unless given prior authorization, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday.

The FAA said US civil operators “may continue to use one high-altitude jet route near the far eastern border for overflights. Any US civil aircraft operator that wants to fly into/out of or over Afghanistan must receive prior authorization from the FAA.”

More from Al Jazeera.

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