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Afghanistan. The Taliban re-issue passports after the delays

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The Taliban will start re-issuing passports to Afghan citizens. Women will be hired to fulfill the Afghan applications.

Alam Gul Hakkani, acting director of the passport issuing institution, announced that five to six thousand passports will be issued daily.

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Officials said nearly a million passports have already been printed and awaiting distribution, Afghan media reported.

The Reuters Agency said the passport-issuing process in Afghanistan slowed down before the Taliban took control of the country after the withdrawal of US and NATO military contingents.

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Said Chosti, head of the media department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Afghanistan, emphasized that for now the passports will retain the country’s current name – the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. About 100,000 document applications are at the early stage of processing.

Travel has been hampered by delays in issuing passports for many Afghans, including those still trying to flee the country. The process began to slow down even before the Taliban took control of the country in August this year.

Main photo source: STRINGER / PAP / EPA



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