United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres underlined the need to establish a dialogue with the Taliban, who took over the administration in Afghanistan. He said there were “no guarantees” about what could come out of talks with the Taliban.
Guterres used the following statements:
“Dialogue is imperative if we don’t want Afghanistan to become a center of terrorism, if we want women and girls to lose all the rights they once enjoyed, if we want different ethnic minorities to feel represented.”
“The government did not create an inclusive impression”
Stating that the UN wishes to establish an “inclusive government” in Afghanistan in which all social segments are represented, Guterres emphasized that the new government announced by the Taliban “does not create this impression”, and that the Taliban seeks recognition, financial support and the lifting of sanctions. He also stated that it provides an advantage for the international community.
Guterres also warned of the need to avoid an economic collapse in Afghanistan that could cost millions of lives.
The Secretary General said that it is the duty of the international community to extend a hand of solidarity to the Afghan people.
Attention is drawn to ‘undernutrition in Afghanistan’
A statement from the World Food Program drew attention to the malnutrition in Afghanistan.
It was stated that 93 percent of Afghan people could not reach food due to high prices and could not get enough nutrition.