The US deputy ambassador to the UN Robert A. Wood said that the “Taliban’s grave restrictions demand strong response from Afghanistan’s neighbors and the rest of the international community.”
The UN Security Council on Wednesday held a meeting on the Afghan situation.
“We cannot sit aside only to watch the Taliban erase women from public life,” ambassador Robert A. Wood said.
The UAE ambassador to the UN, Lana Zaki Nusseibehm, said the Afghan caretaker government’s recent decisions risk further entrenching the Afghanistan’s isolation.
“These decisions have nothing to do with Islam or Afghan culture and risk further entrenching the country’s international isolation. In the 19 months since the Taliban’s takeover, the hope of a stable, secure and prosperous future for Afghanistan has been hanging in the balance,” she said.
“Building a lasting and sustainable peace in Afghanistan is impossible without continuing with patient and pragmatic interaction with the new authorities and doing this on a broad scope of urgent issues, including the issues of political inclusivity, combating terrorist and drug threats, human rights including the rights of women and girls,” said the Russian deputy permanent representative, Anna Vestinian.
The Chargé d'Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, said that engagement with the Afghan caretaker government should not hamper the social and political rights of the Afghans.
“Engagement must not hinder the social, economic and political rights of progressive Afghans and democratic forces inside and outside of Afghanistan,” he said.
The representatives called for continued engagement with the Afghan caretaker government.
“Pakistan believes that the continuing engagement with the Afghan interim government is the best means to achieve the international community’s objectives for the observance of human rights, especially women’s rights inclusive governance, and an end to within and from Afghanistan,” said Pakistan ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram.
“I would like to reiterate once again that security and stability in Afghanistan will continue to be our priority and India will continue to speak out in support of the Afghan people. Peace and stability in Afghanistan are critical imperatives that all of us need to collectively strive for,” said Ruchira Kamboj, India’s ambassador to the UN.
But the head of the Islamic Emirate’s Qatar political office, Suhail Shaheen said that the Islamic Emirate has ensured the rights of women within an Islamic structure.
“We remain committed to the pledge that no one will use Afghanistan’s soil against others. We also want all legal wishes of men and women to be solved in the light of Islamic laws,” Shaheen said.
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