Participants at the 10th Herat Security Dialogue meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, emphasized the need to establish an inclusive government in Afghanistan that upholds women's rights and prevents drug trafficking in Afghanistan.
While speaking at the meeting, the special envoy of the European Union for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson, said that the EU will support women's rights in Afghanistan.
"Women in Afghanistan face many restrictions, and they are not even permitted in parks. The Taliban are responsible for defending women's rights, and we continue to support Afghan women,” the EU special envoy said.
"There are obstacles to establishing an inclusive government, and this is one of the demands of the international community," said Nazeef Shahrani, a participant in the meeting.
The chargé d'affaires of the US Mission to Afghanistan, Karen Decker, who participated in the meeting said that the US supports an Afghanistan at peace with itself and its neighbors.
“The Herat Security Dialogue has been an annual pilgrimage since 2012; it is great to have an opportunity to exchange views on the situation in Afghanistan with representatives from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, regional countries, and the EU. I am here to listen, but I will be prepared to reiterate US's strong support for the Afghan people and for an Afghanistan at peace with itself and its neighbors,” Decker tweeted.
"They should raise their demands to the world community, to the neighboring nations and Western countries. The Herat security meeting can be an effective step in this respect,” said Wali Frozan, a political analyst.
However, the spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, in response to the remarks of some of the participants of the meeting, said that women's rights are protected in Afghanistan.
"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers the rights of all people of the nation, especially women. The rights must be defined and the Shariah rights of women in Afghanistan are protected,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.
At the 10th Herat Security Dialogue meeting held in Dushanbe on Tuesday, 120 Afghan political figures and also representatives from the US, the EU, and other regional nations participated.
The "Herat Security Dialogue" meeting is being held here for the first time outside of Afghanistan.
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