A limited number of aid and passenger flights have been operating from the Kabul airport. But, normal commercial services have yet to resume since it was closed in the wake of the chaotic evacuation of tens of thousands.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview the Taliban had “unfortunately” not formed an inclusive leadership and that Ankara will work with the country’s new rulers if they formed a more encompassing government.
Some 200 passengers, including US citizens, left Kabul airport, on the first flight carrying foreigners out of the Afghan capital since a US-led evacuation ended on August 30.
Top Ariana airline official hails Qatari and Turkish technical experts for their assistance in getting Kabul airport operational in the shortest possible time.
Head of the UN refugee agency is on his way to the war-torn country as officials stress on the importance of opening the land routes to deliver relief goods.
"Final decisions have been taken and we are now working on the technical issues," says Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid after announcing victory in northern Panjshir Valley fighting.
Qatar's ambassador to Afghanistan says its technical team was able to repair and reopen Kabul airport to receive humanitarian aid, Al Jazeera reports, as economic crisis looms in Taliban-ruled country.
The Taliban is still battling to extinguish the last flame of resistance in the Panjshir Valley, as rumours spread the valley had fallen but no official claim has been made by the group.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he will travel to Qatar to meet with the country's leaders and thank them for their help with evacuees from Afghanistan, and later go to Germany for a ministerial meeting.
Meanwhile, the United Nations said it had restarted humanitarian flights to parts of the country, linking the Pakistani capital Islamabad with Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south.
A ceremony is being prepared at the presidential palace in Kabul to unveil a new government, says senior Taliban official Ahmadullah Muttaqi as economy teeters on edge of collapse.
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.
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