FILE PHOTO: An evacuee from Afghanistan walks in direction of a transportation bus after touchdown at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, August 22, 2021. U.S. Air Power/Senior Airman Jan Ok. Valle/Handout by way of REUTERS
August 25, 2021
BERLIN (Reuters) – The Taliban have informed Germany that Afghans with authorized paperwork will have the ability to journey on business flights past the Aug. 31 deadline after which evacuations from Kabul airport will not be allowed, a senior German diplomat mentioned on Wednesday.
“Director Stanekzai assured me that Afghans with authorized paperwork will proceed to have the chance to journey on business flights after August 31,” Ambassador Markus Potzel, who’s negotiating with the Taliban in Doha, mentioned on Twitter.
The previous German envoy to Kabul was referring to the top of the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, whom he met for talks on Tuesday as Western governments scramble to evacuate residents and Afghan employees from Kabul.
“We talked concerning the pressing want for a functioning airport in Kabul as a prerequisite for (a) diplomatic & NGO presence” in Afghanistan, Potzel, who has been negotiating with the Taliban extensively previously, added.
The Taliban have requested Turkey for technical assist to run Kabul airport after the departure of international forces however insist that Ankara’s navy additionally withdraw totally by the end-August deadline, two Turkish officers informed Reuters.
Potzel famous that Germany has pledged to extend humanitarian assist for the Afghan folks by 100 million euros however added that the “resumption of improvement cooperation can be depending on situations”, as had been the case with the Afghan authorities previously.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Enhancing by Sandra Maler)