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Taliban requests India to resume flights to Afghanistan, MEA to take final call

India had stopped operating all commercial flights to Kabul after Taliban's advance in Afghanistan.

The Taliban government of Afghanistan has demanded the resumption of commercial flights from India. The Islamic Emirate has written a letter to the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) demanding the resumption of commercial flights to Kabul. The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) is reviewing the letter. 

India had stopped operating all commercial flights to Kabul after Taliban’s advance in Afghanistan. To evacuate Indian citizens from the war-torn country, only a few special aircraft were allowed to go to Kabul Airport under the rescue mission.

News agency ANI reported that the letter has been written to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India on behalf of Alhaj Hamidullah Akhunzada, Minister of Civil Aviation of the Taliban government.

In the letter, Akhunzada said recently the Kabul airport was heavily damaged and closed since the withdrawal of US forces, but with the technical help from Qatar, the airport is once again operational.

The letter reads, The intention of this letter is to hand over the signed Memorandum of Understanding and to resume smooth travel between the two countries. This letter is for resumption of scheduled flights. Therefore, Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority requests to provide facility for flying so that commercial flights can take off.

Akhunzada further said, ‘The Civil Aviation Department of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan fully assures India about the airline.’ Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stankzai, the head of the Taliban’s political office in Doha. But this does not mean that India officially recognizes the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, even though the meeting took place in Doha on August 31.

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Last week the Taliban also appealed to airlines from other countries to resume operations, promising its complete co-operation and saying that all problems at the airport had been resolved.

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