| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Qatar hopes to open humanitarian corridors at Afghan airports within 48 hours: official

Friday, Qatar expressed its hope to open humanitarian corridors at Afghan airports within 48 hours, according to what a Qatari official told Al-Jazeera on his arrival in the Afghan capital.

“In the next 24 hours or the next 48 hours, we hope to see the opening of humanitarian corridors for humanitarian aid to enter Kabul and other operating airports,” the special envoy of Qatari Foreign Minister Mutlaq al-Qahtani told the Qatari channel.

Wednesday, a Qatari plane carrying a technical team landed in Kabul to discuss the resumption of navigation operations at the Afghan capital’s airport and to discuss providing assistance after the Taliban’s takeover and the withdrawal of foreign forces, according to a source familiar with the file.

This is the first foreign plane to land in Kabul since the withdrawal of US forces on Monday.

Al-Qahtani confirmed to Al-Jazeera that “the Qatari technicians and experts have made a great effort during the past 48 hours, and today also the work is continuing.”

He added, “Qatari efforts are still continuing. There is no doubt that there are logistical and technical challenges, and we have fixed many of these issues.”

Qatar is mediating between the Taliban and Western countries in the wake of the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country after a two-decade war. It also hosts an office for the movement and has facilitated talks between it and the United States.

  • AFP