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Taliban ask airlines to resume international flights to Afghanistan


Taliban soldiers stand in front of a sign at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 9, 2021.

Reuters Sunday’s appeal by the Taliban government to allow international flights was made. The sign read that they would cooperate with all airlines, and stated that Kabul had solved its problems.| Reuters

The Taliban government in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying that problems at Kabul airport had been resolved.

After the fall of the Western-backed government, the Taliban have made a plea for international flights to resume after the statement was issued by the foreign ministry.

The airport has been open for passenger and aid flights, but only a few have operated. Normal commercial services are still not available since the airport was shut down following the chaos evacuation of Afghans and foreigners that occurred after the Taliban took over the capital.

The evacuation caused damage to the airport. Technical teams from Turkey and Qatar have since helped the airport reopen.

While certain airlines such as Pakistan International Airlines offer limited services, and passengers have been able get to places by flying on their flights, it has been revealed that the average price of flights is much higher than what they are used to.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi (foreign ministry spokesperson) said many Afghans had been left behind abroad due to the suspension of international flight. This also made it difficult for people to travel overseas for their work and study.

He stated that the airport was fully functional for both domestic and international flights and that the problem at Kabul International Airport had been solved. The IEA assured all airlines its cooperation, abbreviating Islamic Emirate, which is the Taliban’s name for the new government.

Taliban took control in the face of severe economic difficulties and are now facing pressure over issues such as girl’s education, reprisals and former officials.