Taliban Requests India To Resume Commercial Flights to Afghanistan
The letter is the first such official communication between the two countries since the Taliban's takeover.
Taliban's Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has written to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to resume commercial flights to Afghanistan, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday, 29 September.
The letter, which is the first such official communication between the two countries since the militant organisation's takeover, is under review by Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).
Dated 7 September, the letter to MoCA, signed by Acting Minister of Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority Alhaj Hameedullah Akhundzada, states:
"The intention of this letter is to keep the smooth passenger movement between the two countries based on the signed MoU and our National Carriers (Ariana Afghan Airline & Kam Air) aimed to commence their scheduled flights. Therefore, Afghanistan Civil aviation authority requests you to facilitate their commercial flights.”
“As you are well informed that recently the Kabul Airport was damaged and dysfunctional by American troops before their withdrawal. By technical assistance of our Qatar Brother, the Airport became operational once again and a NOTAM in this regard issued on 6 September 2021,” the letter says.
India had halted all commercial flight operations to Kabul, after the Taliban had seized control of Afghanistan on 15 August.
While India has not officially recognised the Taliban regime, India’s Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal, on 31 August, had met the Head of Taliban’s political office in Doha Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai.
The Ministry of External Affairs, in its press release after the meeting, had stated: “Ambassador Mittal raised India’s concern that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any manner.”
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