Qatar to Conduct Daily Aid Flights to Afghanistan

Qatar said it would operate daily aid flights in Afghanistan over the next few days following the hiatus of foreign aids since the Taliban’s takeover last month. 

Qatar, in recent days, has delivered 68 tons of food and medical aid to Kabul, and its officials also met with their Turkish counterparts and Taliban officials to discuss the reopening of the city’s international airport.  

“We have already dispatched our teams there to provide technical assistance that is required to bring the airport and make it up and running again,” Qatari Foreign Minister Al Thani said at a news conference in Doha on Tuesday.

Al Thani added that Qatar is continuing humanitarian support and chartering almost daily flights with humanitarian aid and still receiving supplies from different countries even if they have not yet reached an agreement about the management and running of the airport. 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the news conference that Washington would continue to work with Qatar and other regional partners to evacuate US citizens and vulnerable Afghans from Afghanistan. 

“Many countries have stepped up to help the evacuation and relocation efforts in Afghanistan, but no country has done more than Qatar,” Blinken said.

“What Qatar has done here – for Americans, for Afghans, for citizens of many other countries – will be remembered for a long, long time,” Blinken added.

Last month, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said half of Afghanistan’s 40 million people, including 10 million children, already required humanitarian assistance at the beginning of the year and that their needs are going to rise.

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