KABUL: Domestic flights have been resumed in Afghanistan on Friday, September 4, the country's flag carrier Ariana Afghan Airlines said. Qatar's ambassador to Afghanistan said a technical team was able to reopen Kabul airport to receive aid.
The airport's runway has been repaired in collaboration with authorities in Afghanistan, the ambassador said, according to Al Jazeera. The channel said two domestic flights were operated from Kabul to the cities of Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar. Kabul airport had been closed since the end of the massive U.S.-led airlift of its citizens, other Western nationals and Afghans who helped Western countries. The end of that operation marked the withdrawal of the last U.S. forces from Afghanistan after 20 years of war.
The evacuation of tens of thousands of people came amid the speedy takeover of Afghanistan by the Islamist militant group the Taliban, the West's adversary in the 20-year war that followed Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, speaking at a joint news conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in Doha on September 3, said the Gulf state was talking to the Taliban and working with Turkey for potential technical support to restart operations in Kabul airport.