First evacuation plane since US withdrawal from Afghanistan lands in Qatar

Around 100 civilians, including American nationals, arrived in Doha on Thursday on a plane from Kabul, for the first flight carrying foreigners leaving the Afghan capital since the American withdrawal at the end of August.

AFP correspondents saw passengers disembark at Hamad International Airport.

“Some 113” passengers were on board the Boeing 777, including Americans, Canadians, Germans and Ukrainians, a source close to the operation told AFP.

They will be hosted in a center for Afghan refugees in Doha, according to the same source.

Earlier, corroborating sources had reported 200 people on board the plane.

It is the first flight of this type since the gigantic airlift organized by the Americans which allowed the evacuation of more than 120,000 people since the sudden return to power of the Taliban in mid-August.

During a visit to Pakistan, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed ben Abderrahmane Al-Thani praised the Taliban for authorizing the flight.

” We could [assurer] the first flight with passengers […] we thank the taliban for their cooperation, ”he said in televised remarks.

“This is actually what we expected from the Taliban, to see these positive statements turned into action,” he continued.

“I think that’s a positive message”.

Qatar has become a key player in the Afghan crisis.

It had hosted the negotiations concluded in 2020 between the United States of Donald Trump and the Taliban, then between the latter and the Afghan opposition of the now ousted president, Ashraf Ghani.

Many countries, including the United States, have relocated their embassies from Kabul to Doha since the Taliban took over power.

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