Qatar denies ‘responsibility' for Kabul airport

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DOHA - The status of Kabul airport operations is still being discussed, according to Qatar's foreign minister.

Qatar says it won't take responsibility for Kabul airport until all parties, including the Taliban, have agreed on its functioning.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani stated Tuesday that his country cannot be held responsible for the airport's operations unless all issues are addressed.

“The status is still being negotiated,” he stated.
As US-led NATO forces left Afghanistan this month, Doha stepped in to help hundreds of foreigners and Afghans flee, engage the new Taliban rulers, and support operations at Kabul airport.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Al Jazeera the group was in talks with Qatar and Turkey regarding the facility's future.

They've indicated they won't accept any foreign military presence after August 31. According to Sheikh Mohammed, Qatar is pressing the Taliban to accept international aid.
According to Ankara, the Taliban urged Turkey to handle logistics while it retains security control. But with the Taliban insisting on full security control, Turkey is less keen.

The Taliban's worldwide image would benefit greatly with a functioning airport.
Since the US withdrawal, Qatar Airways jets have flown in aid and Doha's representatives, and flown out foreign passport holders.

As the Taliban retook power, the US airlifted more than 120,000 people out of Kabul.
On August 30, the US withdrew its last troops from Afghanistan, concluding its longest war just days before the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

2021-09-15 / Current-Events
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