Airport in eastern Afghanistan launches first civilian flight after 18 years

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KABUL, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Jalalabad Airport in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday launched its first civilian flight after 18 years, a local online news agency reported Sunday.

"This was a test flight that successfully took off and landed which marked the first flight after foreign troops handed over the facility to Afghan authorities months ago," the private news agency Wadsam reported on Sunday.

According to the source, the airport had earlier been used as a military base for 18 years by the U.S. troops in the eastern zone.

The airport, according to the news agency, was handed over to Afghan authorities, following a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban group inked in late February 2020.

Some national airliners have committed to begin flights to Jalalabad airport in the eastern Nangarhar province.

Under the U.S.-Taliban so-called peace deal inked in Feb. 29 last year in Doha, the U.S. forces would leave Afghanistan by May 2021 if the intra-Afghan dialogue continues in Doha finds a peaceful solution to the country's protracted war. Enditem

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