KABUL: Uzbekistan has sent technical engineers to Mazar-e Sharif city to help repair its airport equipment and restart operations after months of shutdown after Taliban takeover in August.
Technicians would complete their work on the airport early next year, Uzbekistan special envoy for Afghanistan, Ismatilla Ergashev, said on Friday.
The assistance reflects a willingness by neighboring Central Asian states to engage with the Taliban after the movement toppled the Western-backed government in mid-August as U.S. and allied forces withdrew.
Uzbekistan has also helped the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other aid groups set up a humanitarian hub in the southern Uzbek border city of Termez.
The UN refugee agency has so far sent 100 tons of humanitarian aid to a logistics center in Termez.
Earlier this week, the UN agency sent its first two aid trucks filled with 40 tons of basic necessities such as kitchen kits and plastic sheeting from the border city to Mazar-e Sharif.
Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe, with more than half of its population at risk of not having enough to eat during the winter, according to the UN.