For the first time in 20 years, a civilian plane has landed at an airport in Jalalabad, Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. The news agency ANI reported this information on Monday.
A statement from the country’s authorities said a civilian plane carrying humanitarian aid landed at Jalalabad airport from Iran.
Last Saturday, provincial authorities said the Jalalabad city airport was ready for domestic and international flights. All technical and security aspects of the airport have been fixed.
Spin Ghar Shahzad, acting director of the airport, said the technical staff had been brought back to their duties. They have all kinds of capabilities to handle technical work. All the technical staff are now at the airport. Now the flight movement can be seen.
Sheikh Neda Ahmed, Head of Security, Nangarhar Province, said, “We assure our citizens and the world that Nangarhar (Jalalabad) Airport is fully operational.”
Meanwhile, Iran’s special envoy for Afghanistan has already arrived in the country’s capital, Kabul, to hold talks with Taliban officials. Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation on a number of issues, including humanitarian assistance.
The Taliban captured Kabul on August 15. The Taliban’s occupation of Kabul brought down the US-backed government in Afghanistan. The following month, the Taliban announced the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan has been suffering from economic, humanitarian and security crises since the Taliban took power.