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No talks between Qatar and Taliban on Afghanistan airport security: official – Doha News

Trilateral talks were held late last year between the governments of Qatar, Turkey and Afghanistan.

There are currently no discussions between Qatar and the Afghan interim government on a security deal on airports, a Qatari official told Doha News in a statement on Friday.

“The State of Qatar remains focused on meeting the urgent humanitarian and economic needs of the Afghan people. We will continue to work with our global partners.”

The statement comes after false reports of alleged security arrangements agreed between the two parties after several rounds of talks to secure some of Afghanistan’s airports. TOLONews It has recently resurfaced and caused some confusion about this issue.

Trilateral talks between Qatar, Turkey and the current Afghan government took place late last year after technical teams from Doha and Ankara were sent to Kabul to repair Hamid Karzai International Airport.

The airport suffered damage following the chaotic withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan on August 31 last year after the Taliban occupied Kabul weeks earlier.

When the Taliban took over, Qatar successfully conducted the largest airlift in history, facilitating the safe exodus of at least 80,000 Afghans and foreigners.

A Qatari-Turkish team was tasked with repairing parts of the airport so that it could resume civilian flights after the withdrawal of troops.

The airport resumed operations by September 9. first passenger flight left Kabul. The Qatar Airways flight transported 113 Afghans and foreigners out of the country.

Qatari and Turkish companies continued to work on the technical part of the airport without a final contract, despite a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the two allies last December.

of May, the Taliban signed a contract with the UAE to provide services at Kabul, Kandahar and Herat airports. The deal applied to the logistics portion of the airport and not security.

At the time, Acting Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan Abdul Gani Baradal said: al jazeera The contract provides for the provision of “ground services only” and does not address the issue of “organization and management of Kabul International Airport”.

An agreement on airport operations is crucial in helping the country through the economic crisis that has worsened since the Taliban takeover.

The United States, which led two decades of aggression against the country, quickly Freeze up to $9.1 billion The value of Afghan assets has contributed to the worsening economic situation.

In February, US President Joe Biden ordered the release of $7 billion in Afghan funds. The Biden administration has decided to give a total of $3.5 billion to Afghans living in dire humanitarian conditions.

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is also worsening year by year due to war, drought and corruption.according to united nationsmore than 24.4 million people need humanitarian assistance to survive.

The 2021 report estimates that 97% of Afghans could be living in poverty by the middle of this year.

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