Humanitarian corridors to be established in Afghanistan

Sunday, 2021-09-05 13:29:17
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A member of the Qatar Air force walks next to a boy evacuated from Afghanistan, at Al-Udeid airbase in Doha, Qatar in this recent undated handout. (Source: Government Communications Office of the State of Qatar/Handout via REUTERS)
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NDO – A representative from Qatari Government has said that humanitarian corridors are likely to be established at airports in Afghanistan in the next hours.

Qatar's special envoy on Afghanistan expressed his hope that the opening of humanitarian corridors to get aid into Afghanistan through Kabul and other Afghan ports. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sent a plane carrying "urgent medical and food aid" to Afghanistan. This is the first aid flight that from UAE to Afghanistan since the recent events in the country.

A spokesman for UN Secretary General António Guterres said he will host a high-level meeting on aid for Afghanistan in Geneva on September 13. The US Congress agreed to finance the UN and other agencies providing humanitarian assistance for the South Asian country.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has not seen a massive influx of Afghan refugees to neighbouring countries of Pakistan and Iran as initially feared.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said the bloc would seek to strengthen its support to Afghans as well as enhance coordination with the country’s neighbours to stem the influx of migration to EU.

Taliban forces have taken control of Panjshir, the last Afghan province holding out. The information came as when a number of figures expected to play a prominent role in the new Afghan government arrived in Kabul in the context that preparations are in final stages to announce the new government. According to sources, Taliban’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will lead a new Afghan government.

The international community is paying attention the Taliban's commitment to the new leadership mechanism. The EU says it is ready to engage with the new Taliban government in Kabul if the formation of a transitional government is conducted through negotiations with all political forces.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that it is too early to judge the future government of Afghanistan. Dean Thompson, Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs of the US State Department, said the US will assess the Taliban government based on its pledges, including its respect for human rights and establishment of a government consisting of leaders of all ethnic groups and tribes.