Top UK and Qatar diplomats meet in Doha to discuss ongoing situation in Afghanistan. Qatar FM says working with Turkey for potential technical support for operation of Kabul airport.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said there is a need to engage with the Taliban on Afghanistan, but UK has no immediate plans to recognise its government.
Raab was speaking in Qatar on Thursday after meeting the Qatari Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
Raab said they had discussed ensuring Afghanistan does not harbour terrorism in the future, preventing a humanitarian crisis, preserving regional stability and holding the Taliban to account on their commitment to a more inclusive government.
Qatar’s regional influence makes it a key player on Afghanistan. I met Amir @TamimBinHamad and FM @MBA_AlThani of Qatar to discuss how to stop Afghanistan becoming a terrorist haven, respond to the humanitarian plight & hold the Taliban to the commitments they have made. pic.twitter.com/01fC6DVQJr— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) September 2, 2021
Qatar, Turkey working over airport reopening
Talking to reporters, Qatar's Al Thani said Doha is working with the Taliban to reopen Kabul's airport "as soon as possible".
"We are working very hard (and) we remain hopeful that we will be able to operate it as soon as possible... hopefully in the next few days we will hear some good news," he said.
Al Thani also said Qatar was working with Turkey for potential technical support for operation of airport.
Domestic flights could resume on Friday – report
Domestic flights from Kabul airport will resume on Friday, the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel reported on Thursday, citing an Afghan civil aviation official who expected international flights "to take time".
Al Jazeera earlier reported a Qatari technical team was assessing damage at the airport with plans to bring it back into operation "soon".
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