"UN envoy Deborah Lyons [and] the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security today met Siraj Haqqani, stressing the absolute necessity for all UN [and] humanitarian personnel in Afghanistan to be able to work without intimidation or obstruction to deliver vital aid [and] conduct work for Afghan people", UNAMA said via Twitter.
The request dates back to Monday and names the Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air carriers as potential operators of flights to Pakistan, according to the Pakistani newspaper.
The letter cited Doha's role in the reparation efforts of the Kabul airport, damaged during the foreign withdrawal and evacuation efforts in August. The Qatari authorities, which deployed specialists to restore the airport, announced the completion of works last Thursday. The facility has been open for international and domestic planes ever since.
Pakistan was among the first nations to launch air operations to Afghanistan along with Qatar, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates.
"The WFP-led Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) has completed three cargo flights since the reopening of the air link to Kabul on 12 September, bringing in medical supplies on behalf of the World Health Organization," the United Nations said on Tuesday.
UN World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Tomson Phiri, said as cited by the UN that prior to the three cargo flights, UNHAS flights between Islamabad, Pakistan, and the Afghan towns of Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar and Herat had been up and running since 29 August.
On Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the EU was going to increase its humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, providing an extra 100 million euros ($118 million) as part of a new, wider Afghan support package.
The WFP said on Tuesday that it was establishing a humanitarian logistics hub in Termez, Uzbekistan, to position food for Afghanistan, which is facing a major economic crisis exacerbated by last month’s Taliban (banned in Russia as a terrorist organisation) takeover that caused many countries to halt aid to Afghanistan.
Earlier this month, the United Nations appealed for $606 million to support vulnerable Afghans until the end of 2021. On Monday, international donors at the conference in Geneva pledged to provide $1.2 billion to support humanitarian action in the country, exceeding the amount requested. The WFP had said that it needs $30 million to keep air services going on top of the requested $200 million to replenish its food pipeline.