UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the world to inject cash into Afghanistan’s economic collapse.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the Taliban’s “broken” promise to Afghan women and girls and called on the world to inject cash into Afghanistan to stem its economic collapse.
“I am particularly appalled by the promises made by the Taliban to Afghan women and girls,” she told reporters in New York on Monday.
“I urge the Taliban to uphold their commitment to women and girls and to fulfill their responsibilities under international human rights and humanitarian law.”
Millions of teenage girls in Afghanistan are still waiting to return to school, after the Taliban last month allowed boys to attend classes. The move raises concerns about the future of women’s education under the Taliban, who pledged to uphold the rights of girls and women in the country when they took power in August.
The exclusion of girls at this time has raised fears that the Taliban may return to their harsh 1990s regime. At the time, women and girls were legally barred from education and employment.
The group named an all-male cabinet and said women could be included later.
Guterres said he was “apprehensive” of “breaking promises”, adding that gender equality was a priority for him.
The UN chief said broken promises shattered the dreams of Afghan women and girls. “Women and girls need to be in the spotlight,” she added.
In his speech, Guterres called on the international community to “bring liquidity into the Afghan economy to avoid collapse.”
“We need to find ways to help our economy get back on its feet … and this can be done without violating international law,” he said.
Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki said Guterres had made the remarks during a meeting between the Taliban delegation and EU officials in Doha on Tuesday.
The meeting will be followed by the first face-to-face talks between the US and the Taliban government.
“Tomorrow, we are meeting with EU representatives. We are having positive meetings with representatives of other countries, ”Muttaqi said in the Qatari capital.
“We want a positive relationship with the whole world. We believe in balanced international relations. We believe that such a balanced relationship can save Afghanistan from instability.
The group’s diplomatic pressure ended their 20-year US occupation of Afghanistan after they returned to power.
On Saturday and Sunday, they held their first private talks with U.S. officials since returning to power. The American side insisted that the meetings were not in recognition of the Taliban government.
Muttaki said the focus of the Afghan delegation was on humanitarian aid, as well as the implementation of a Taliban-signed agreement with Washington last year that paved the way for a final US withdrawal.
The minister said the Afghan delegation called on the United States to lift sanctions on Afghanistan’s central bank reserves. He added that the United States would vaccinate the Afghan people against Kovid-1.
Afghanistan’s economy is on the brink of collapse, international aid is cut off, food prices are rising and unemployment is rising.
A series of attacks by the Islamic State, ISKP (ISIS) in Khorasan province has also undermined the Taliban’s efforts to strengthen their rule, claiming a bomb attack on a Shia mosque on Friday that killed more than 600 people.