Taliban Officials Say International Flights at Kabul Airport Will Resume

Foreigners stranded in Afghanistan for the reason that frenzied U.S. navy evacuation late final month arrived at the airport in Kabul on Thursday, paperwork in hand, with their departure seemingly assured because the Taliban mentioned that folks with the right papers — together with American passport holders — had been free to go away.

A U.S. official acquainted with the negotiations who spoke solely on the situation of anonymity mentioned that about 200 individuals had been cleared to depart and that they included Americans and different third-country nationals.

Bilal Karimi, an in depth aide to the Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, mentioned that three flights from Persian Gulf nations had landed at the airport and that extra had been anticipated. They arrived with desperately wanted humanitarian help, Mr. Karimi mentioned, and can be allowed to take off when technical points involving the radar at the airport had been resolved.

Taliban and international officers mentioned that Afghans with twin citizenship would even be allowed to go away.

Passengers — together with scores of Canadians, and a handful of U.S. and British residents — had been being checked in for a flight that flew in from Qatar this morning and was anticipated to depart in a while Thursday.

Safi, 42, from Toronto, was amongst these passing by safety and planning to board a ready Boeing 777.

He mentioned that he had tried to go away through the evacuation however had given up as chaos enveloped the streets outdoors the airport.

“Things are good,” mentioned Safi, who solely recognized himself by his first title. “It seems the authorities are keeping their promises.”

While the transfer is step one in resolving a diplomatic deadlock that has left scores of Americans and different worldwide staff stranded in Afghanistan, there was no indication that the Taliban would permit the tens of 1000’s of Afghans who qualify for emergency American visas to go away.

It additionally remained unclear whether or not constitution flights from the airport within the northern metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif, the place dozens of Americans and a whole bunch of Afghans had been ready to go away the nation, can be allowed to fly.

Speaking at a information convention on Wednesday at the U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken mentioned the Taliban bore the whole blame for the shortcoming of constitution flights to go away Mazar-i-Sharif.

“The Taliban are not permitting the charter flights to depart,” Mr. Blinken mentioned. “They claim that some of the passengers do not have the required documentation. While there are limits to what we can do without personnel on the ground without an airport with normal security procedures in place, we are going to do everything in our power to support those flights and to get them off the ground.”

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken assembly with an Afghan household on Wednesday at the U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany.Credit…Pool picture by Olivier Douliery

The Taliban blamed the Americans for the delays and mentioned that as U.S. forces left final week, they rendered the radar and different tools at the Kabul airport inoperable.

Engineers from Qatar, alongside staff from Turkey, have been working to restore the injury and to provide you with a safety protocol that may permit worldwide passenger flights to renew.