UAE signs agreement with Taliban to manage airport operations

Published: May 26, 2022
Updated: May 26, 2022
UAE signs agreement with Taliban to manage airport operations

The UAE and the Taliban have reached an agreement to control airport operations.

After months of talks with the UAE, Turkey, and Qatar, the Taliban have struck an agreement with the UAE to operate airports in Afghanistan, according to the group’s transportation and civil aviation minister.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar announced the news via Twitter, and subsequently told reporters in Kabul that his administration was renewing an airport ground handling agreement with the United Arab Emirates.

It was unclear whether the deal extended beyond existing procedures or included airport security, which is a sensitive issue for the Taliban, who have battled against US-led NATO troops for decades and claim they do not want international soldiers to return.

A request for a response from the UAE’s foreign ministry was not immediately returned.

According to a source briefed on the talks, Doha’s requirement that Qatari security personnel be present at the airport has been a sticking point in the talks.

After the Taliban took charge in August last year as foreign forces departed, Qatar and Turkey dispatched temporary technical teams to assist with airport operations and security.

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The Taliban’s leader, made the statement on Twitter following months of talks with the UAE, Turkey, and Qatar to strike an agreement on airport security cooperation.

UAE signs agreement with Taliban to manage airport operations

After the country was thrown into disarray last year when the Taliban gained control and foreign forces departed, Qatar and Turkey dispatched temporary technical teams to assist in airport operations and security.

The airport discussions have shown how countries are attempting to exercise their influence in Afghanistan, despite the fact that the hardline Islamist organization remains virtually a worldwide pariah and its government is not recognized by any country.

As talks began last year, sources told Reuters that the Emiratis were eager to undermine Qatar’s diplomatic clout in the region.

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have had tense relations for years as they vie for regional clout.

Razeq Aslam Mohammad Abdul Razeq, GAAC’s overseeing chief, sounded hopeful that the reestablished arrangement would flag the re-visitation of Afghanistan of business, exchange, trade, and individuals-to-individuals contact following quite a while of interruption.

UAE signs agreement with Taliban to manage airport operations

It has been found that worldwide the local area has not yet perceived the Taliban government, referring to an absence of inclusivity and concerns connected with common liberties and psychological oppression.

The Islamist bunch has progressively controlled ladies’ privileges since getting back to drive notwithstanding worldwide objection and admonitions that such measures would deter contributor countries from laying out political and financial binds with Kabul.

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Qatar and Turkey had sent impermanent specialized groups to assist air terminal activities and security after the Taliban takeover of Kabul a year.

A Qatar-Turkey consortium has been in talks with the Taliban flying service for a really long time over air terminal tasks in Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-I-Sharif as well as the southeastern city of Khost.

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