The United Arab Emirates has despatched a aircraft carrying “urgent medical and food aid” to Afghanistan, based on the official WAM information company, practically three weeks after the Taliban took over the management of the nation.
The “assistance comes within the framework of the humanitarian role being played by the UAE to provide full support to brotherly Afghan people in such current circumstances”, WAM mentioned on Friday.
The UAE international ministry confirmed to the AFP information company that “this is the first [Emirati] aid flight since the recent events in Afghanistan”.
The Gulf nation was one of many solely three international locations on this planet to acknowledge the Taliban throughout its earlier rule between 1996 and 2001.
Taliban fighters celebrated with gunfire on Tuesday, hours after the final US forces deserted Kabul, closing a frenzied airlift operation that noticed greater than 123,000 international nationals and Afghans flee.
The United States invaded Afghanistan and toppled its Taliban authorities in 2001 within the wake of the 9/11 assaults by al-Qaeda group, which had sought sanctuary within the nation.
The US withdrew its troopers after signing a cope with the Taliban, which pledged to not permit Afghan soil for assaults towards the West. The Gulf nation of Qatar, which hosts the Taliban’s political workplace, was the venue for the talks between the US and the Taliban.
Qatar on Thursday mentioned it was working with the Taliban to reopen the Kabul airport which was broken through the chaotic evacuation train carried out by the Western international locations.
The UAE is one in every of quite a few Gulf states which were instrumental in staging posts for evacuation flights for foreigners and Afghans, together with Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain.