Taliban Hands The UAE Responsibility For Running of 4 Afghan Airports

Published June 4th, 2022 - 05:28 GMT
Taliban formally hand over operations, security of 4 Afghan airports to UAE
Afghan passengers board a commercial aircraft bound to Kabul, at Herat Airport, some 10 km southeast of Herat on February 5, 2022. (Photo by Wakil KOHSAR / AFP)
State-run firm based in Abu Dhabi takes charge of international airports in Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif

Afghanistan’s interim Taliban government on Friday formally handed over operations and security of four airports to the UAE.

GAAC Solutions, a state-run firm based in Abu Dhabi, has taken charge of the international airports in the capital Kabul and three other major cities – Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-e-Sharif, the Afghan Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry confirmed in a statement.

This agreement also includes security operations at all four airports, the ministry confirmed.

The handover was made under a deal signed on May 24, but the initial pact did not include security responsibilities.

At the signing ceremony, acting Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar said the Taliban want good relations with all countries, urging investors to choose Afghanistan and assuring them of comprehensive security arrangements.

After the Taliban took over last August when US-led foreign forces withdrew from Afghanistan, Qatar and Türkiye sent temporary technical teams to help operate and secure Afghan airports.


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