The first commercial flight to take off from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, since the muddled American military airlift in August, landed in the State of Qatar on September 9, carrying over a hundred passengers, including U.S. nationals. Qatar, a central transit point for Afghan immigrants, has stated it worked with the Republic of Turkey to rapidly restart Hamid Karzai International Airport operations to permit America-led withdrawal concluded.
State-owned Qatar Airways flight landed at Hamad International Airport in Doha, marking the first effective flight of its type since messed air transport of over 120000 people ended the recent month. Other international flights are also anticipated in the upcoming days.
While reporting from Hamad International Airport, a senior correspondent for Aljazeera English, Muhammad Jamjoom, said that there were around one-hundred and thirteen passengers on board. Jamjoom said that the nationalities comprise Americans, British, Canadians, Germans, Ukrainians, and some others.
Around 200 passengers including Americans reached Doha after flying from #Kabul airport. This was the first flight, on Thursday, ferrying out foreigners since US evacuation ended
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Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Foreign Minister of Qatar, praised the Afghan Taliban for permitting the international passenger flight to depart. He said in a broadcast statement that they managed to fly the first aircraft with foreign nationals; they thank Afghan new rulers for their cooperation.
Moreover, the Qatari Foreign Minister said that is actually what they’re anticipating from the Taliban, to observe the positive remarks translated into actions. So, he ponders that is a clear message that they’re supporting.
America Praised the Taliban’s Cooperation
The United States of America also greeted the completion of a landmark airlift. Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the United States National Security Council, said that the Afghan Taliban had shown flexibility, and they’ve been professional in US dealings with Afghan rulers in that effort. So that’s a positive step.
Dominic Rennie Raab, the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, said that around thirteen UK citizens were among the air travelers. He said in a statement that they’re grateful to their Qatari friends for facilitating an air transport of thirteen British citizens from Afghanistan to safety in Qatar.
Furthermore, Raab said that they anticipate the Afghan rulers to honor their commitments to permit a safe way for those who wish to evacuate e, noting that Doha has acted as the mediator between the global community and the Taliban in past years.
Several nations, including America and the United Kingdom, have shifted their embassies to Doha from Kabul in the aftermath of the Afghan Taliban’s swift capturing of Central Asian country in August. The militant group grabbed control of the Afghan capital on 15th August, with ex-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani escaping the war-torn country.
An American official told CNN that the Taliban’s agreement for the two-hundred people to leave on the charter flight on Thursday came after Zalmay Khalilzad, an American special representative for the Islamic Emirate, pressed the militant group to permit departures.
A spokesperson for the Department of State refused to provide further details on Thursday. However, the spokesperson said that as they’ve said, their efforts to help Americans and others who supported their troops are ongoing.