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Qatar and Turkey negotiating with Taliban on securing Kabul airport

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Afghan refugees, fleeing the capital Kabul, exit a US air force plane upon their arrival at Pristina International airport in Kosovo, August 29, 2021.
Armend Nimani/AFPAfghan refugees, fleeing the capital Kabul, exit a US air force plane upon their arrival at Pristina International airport in Kosovo, August 29, 2021.

Extensive repairs must also be implemented before the airport can be operational

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on Tuesday that discussions were progressing between Qatar, Turkey, and the Taliban regarding maintenance of Kabul’s airport. 

The facilities have been left without technical assistance following US withdrawal from Afghanistan, preventing flights out of the country. 

The US Federal Aviation Administration has banned civil aircraft from operating in Afghanistan’s airspace without first acquiring official permission, Al Jazeera stated.

“There are talks underway with the Qataris and Turks about management of the airport. We must demand that access to the airport is safe,” Le Drian announced on France 2, a French television channel. 

Two officials from Turkey informed reporters that the country would not agree to manage the airport if the Taliban did not first accept a Turkish security presence in the area, Reuters reported. 

The recent attacks near the airport, including a rocket barrage from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate, elicited concern that a team of experts would not be safe there. 

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also argued that extensive repairs must be implemented before the airport could be deemed functional enough to handle civilian flights, Reuters reported.