Tolo News: Facing domestic and international reactions to the recent travel restrictions announced by the Islamic Emirate on Sunday, on Tuesday Zabihullah Mujahid said Afghans who have legal documents and invitations can travel abroad and return to the country without any problem. Click here to read more (external link). Related U.S., UK Criticize Taliban Restriction
Ariana: IEA’s [Taliban] decision to ban the evacuation of more Afghans has been slammed by some critics who say it is a violation of a fundamental human right. Mohammad Esa Ishaqzai, head of the National Congress Party of Afghanistan, said freedom of movement was a fundamental human right like freedom of speech and freedom of
Tolo News: The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said that the Islamic Emirate has reached an agreement with Qatari and Turkish joint ventures on the details of aviation security, ground services and airspace of the five airports of the country. “The details have been discussed, a series of general decisions have been taken, but
Reuters: The winter landscape around the deep, blue mountain lakes of Band-e-Amir in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan presents an arresting spectacle empty of people – but the absence of visitors is costing locals dearly. Click here to read more (external link).
8am: The delegations of Turkey and Qatar arrived in Kabul today to negotiate with the Taliban over the management of the country’s airports. The delegations are discussing the management of the airport while the flights have not returned to normal since the Taliban came to power. Click here to read more (external link).
By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi December 18, 2021 The Taliban authorities in Afghanistan have announced that they will resume issuing passports, providing a window of hope for those who have applied for travel documents in an effort to leave the country. An official from the passport department of the Taliban’s Interior Ministry told reporters on December 18
8am: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says representatives of the Turkish and Qatari private sectors will hold talks on the management of Kabul Airport. However, the identities of these companies have not been determined yet, so the Turkish president says that the companies are scheduled to hold talks with the Taliban in the near future.
Tolo News: Speaking at a press conference at the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC), passport department officials said that the passport-issuing process is set to begin tomorrow (Monday) in 14 more provinces of Afghanistan. Alem Gul Haqqani, director of the passport department, told reporters that with these 14 additional provinces, a total of 32
NBC News: Sidiq Ullah, who is a supporter of the militant group, came to see the historic site this week with friends from Kandahar, around 350 miles southwest of Bamiyan. Now that the Taliban are in control, he said, he feels free to tour the country. “I was young when these were destroyed, about 7
Ariana: Alam Gul Haqqani, head of the General Directorate of Passports, said late Monday in a video message that processing of passports at the office in Kabul has been suspended until further notice. He attributed the decision to a technical problem – specifically with the biometric system. Click here to read more (external link).