Islamic Emirate says UNSC meeting on Afghanistan ‘Failed’

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Islamic Emirate says UNSC meeting on Afghanistan ‘Failed’

KABUL: The Islamic Emirate claims that the UNSC private meeting on Afghanistan did not result in any conclusion. The private meeting of the security council, in which the appointment of a UN chief for Afghanistan was supposed to be discussed, convened behind closed doors yesterday (February 26).

The spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate said that the absence of consensus among the members of the council led to the meeting not resulting in any conclusion.

“We believe that the meeting did not result in a convincing conclusion. There was not a consensus on issues about Afghanistan in the council. Second, because the meeting failed, the member countries may try to make a result of the meeting by themselves,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the UN secretary general said that the process of appointing the special envoy is ongoing.

“That process is ongoing.  My years of experience here have taught me not to pretend that I have a timeline.  But I know the issue is being taken very seriously and expeditiously, and as soon as we have somebody to announce, we shall,” said Stephane Dujarric, the UN Secretary General’s spokesperson.

Eleven member countries of the UNSC in a joint statement, asked the Islamic Emirate to protect all Afghans rights particularly the rights of women and girls.
The statement also called for the establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

“We strongly condemn the Taliban’s continued systemic gender discrimination and oppression of women and girls in Afghanistan and demand that they immediately rescind all policies and decrees that repress women and girls including restrictions on education at secondary and tertiary levels, women’s right to work, freedom of movement and freedom of expression,” said Rosemary di Carlo, the Under Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

Regarding the joint statement of eleven countries, the Islamic Emirate said that the statement indicates the lack of information of these countries about Afghanistan.