Taliban signs agreement with UAE firm on running Afghan airports May 25, 2022 0 0 12345 dpaIslamabadThe Taliban signed an agreement with a company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday for the ground handling of three airports in Afghanistan.With the new agreement, the new officials in Kabul and the representative of the UAE-founded company hope that all international commercial airlines can resume their flights to the country.“International airlines, which have been away from this country for the past few months, we are hoping that they come back to us,” the executive director of the UAE’s GAAC Company, Razack Aslam, told journalists.Qatar and Turkey have been holding talks with Taliban officials for the past couple of months to run the country’s airports.The newly inked pact with the UAE will only apply to the logistics at Kabul, Herat and Kandahar airports and not security.“This contract includes a part of the services,” Taliban’s deputy minister of transport and civil aviation told dpa. “We are still hopeful to continue talks with Qatar on another two parts which include the security of the civil aviation, such as searching and checking of the passengers and the air traffic control.” Reportedly, the length of the contract and the security of the airport compound were the points of disagreement with the Qatari-Turkish consortium.Afghanistan’s airspace is currently closed to all overflights. Only domestic flights and international evacuation or humanitarian aid delivery flights are taking place.The US-led international forces caused extensive damage to Kabul airport during their chaotic withdrawal from the country in August when the Taliban seized control of the country.The airport terminal, radar system, aircraft and vehicles were all damaged, the Taliban claimed when they took charge of the airport. A Qatari team later reopened Kabul airport. RELATED ARTICLES US, Japan, Aus, India warn against Indo-Pacific conflict May 25, 2022 0 0 Data leak reveals extent of repression in Xinjiang: Reports May 25, 2022 0 0 Differences over Ukraine war cloud Scholz’s South Africa trip May 25, 2022 0 0 Sri Lanka imposes third fuel price hike in two months dpa Colombo Cash-strapped Sri Lanka has imposed the third fuel price increase in two months as a campaign demanding that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa step down continued, officials said. A sharp price increase in .. More than 5,000 people flee DRC amid fighting in country’s north east Kampala More than 5,000 people have fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo to neighbouring Uganda in recent days, amid fighting in the country’s north-east. A spokesperson for the UN refugee agency UNHCR told dpa on .. Four Turkish soldiers killed in anti-PKK operation in northern Iraq Istanbul Four Turkish soldiers are dead and three others are injured amid an ongoing operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the Turkish Defence Ministry reported on Tuesday. No .. Russia seizes town in Donetsk region Kiev Russian forces have seized the town of Svitlodarsk in Ukraine’s contested Donetsk region on its eastern border with Russia, according to both Ukrainian and Russian sources. The town’s capture has been confirmed by ..