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Qatar working with Taliban to restart operating Kabul airport: FM

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Qatar Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said the Gulf state was talking with the Taliban and
working with Turkey about technical support to restart operations at Kabul airport, which would facilitate humanitarian assistance and possibly more evacuations.

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Speaking at a joint news conference with the Qatari minister in Doha, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he would be talking with regional countries about how to secure safe passage through third countries for people who want to leave
Afghanistan.

“The prospects of getting Kabul airport up and running and safe passage for foreign nationals and Afghans across land
borders (are) top of the agenda,” the British Foreign Office said in a statement.

The Taliban's supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, is expected to have ultimate power over a new governing council, with a president below him, a senior Taliban official told Reuters last month.

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