Talks with Qatar and Turkey for Afghan airports in progress

Kabul: An official in Kabul claimed the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has secured an agreement with a joint Qatari-Turkish business to administer five airports in the war-torn country.

Imamuddin Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, said in a statement on Friday that "the details have been addressed, a number of general choices have been agreed, but the conversations are still ongoing and we are moving in the right path," according to reports.

Meanwhile, the Qatari Foreign Ministry claimed that a trilateral discussion on the matter was held in Doha on Thursday involving Turkey, Qatar, and Taliban representatives.

According to TOLO News, the Ministry stated the three-party delegation agreed on "many major issues" about how to administer and run Kabul Airport.

Former head of the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA), Mohammad Qasem Wafayeezada, called on the Taliban to arrange the terms of the deal in such a way that Qatari and Turkish enterprises can compete with indigenous companies on a level playing field.

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