The Taliban and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement for the management of four Afghan airports. The management of Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif, and Herat airports is officially handed over to the United Arab Emirates.
In the presence of Razzaq Aslam, managing director of GAAC Solutions, UAE, and Hamidullah Akhundzada, acting Minister of the Taliban Ministry of Transport and Aviation, the agreement was signed today, Tuesday.
Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar made the announcement on Twitter following months of talks with the UAE, Turkey, and Qatar to establish an agreement on airport security cooperation.
After the country was thrown into disarray last year when the Taliban took control and foreign forces withdrew, Qatar and Turkey dispatched temporary technical teams to assist in airport operations and security.
The Taliban’s deputy prime minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, recently instructed the Taliban’s Foreign Ministry officials to set a schedule for the new contract for the management of Afghanistan’s airports.
The UAE has long been considered a Taliban ally, having backed and recognized the Taliban during their first term in office.