The Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation said it is in talks with a UAE company to hand over the technical affairs of Afghanistan’s aviation.
A spokesman for the ministry, Imamuddin Ahmadi, said that the contract will be given based on national interests to benefit Afghanistan.
"We are in talks with the UAE companies, but the talks have yet to be finalized," he said.
The Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation said the contract with the UAE also includes radar management, training of personnel and the supply of essential equipment.
"In aviation, there are the technical affairs of the radar system. But how to manage it, like which airplanes are allowed and which airplanes are not allowed, this management come to us," Ahmadi said.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that an agreement would help the Islamic Emirate to ease their isolation from the outside world as they govern an impoverished country beset by drought, widespread hunger and economic crisis.
It would also hand Abu Dhabi a win in its diplomatic tussle with Qatar for influence, Reuters said.
"We benefit from the international companies which are strongly confirmed by the international Aviation organizations, but the problem is that it will be monopolized," said Sayed Masoud, an economist.
"First, this country has side-lined its regional rival Qatar in Afghanistan, second, it will use Afghanistan’s location against Iran, with whom it (UAE) has a border dispute," said Raghi, an international relations analyst.
The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said that the contracts with the UAE company will pave the way for the flights of major airline companies.
"This is effective for us. It is effective both for air-corridors and passengers. This is effective for transportation of domestic products such as carpets and agricultural products," said Khan Jan Alokozai, deputy head of the ACCI.
The GAAC UAE company is currently running the ground operations of five major Afghan Airports.
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