UN official meets Taliban’s Mullah Baradar, assures ‘support and cooperation’
Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, touted as the leader of the new Afghan government, met with UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Martin Griffiths in Kabul on Sunday.
During the meeting at the foreign ministry, Martin Griffiths assured that the UN will continue to support Afghanistan and extend cooperation in this crisis, according to a tweet by Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem.
Taliban’s Mullah Baradar met with Martin Griffiths, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, on Sunday at the foreign ministry in Kabul, where Griffiths said the UN will continue its support & cooperation with Afghanistan, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem tweeted. pic.twitter.com/W3vftIHre7
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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths had earlier expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, where thousands have been left internally displaced due to the Taliban’s offensive to wrest power.
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Afghan children, women and men are suffering and forced to live with violence, insecurity, and fear every day. There are grave concerns for women’s survival and basic human rights, he had previously said, adding that almost half of Afghanistan’s population is in need of emergency aid.
UN chief Antonio Guterres has also warned of a looming ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Afghanistan and urged countries to provide emergency funding following the final departure of United States forces and the full Taliban takeover.
‘Now more than ever, Afghan children, women and men need the support and solidarity of the international community…People are losing access to basic goods and services every day. A humanitarian catastrophe looms,’ Guterres had said in a statement last week.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the current $1.3bn UN humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan is only 39 percent funded.
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(With inputs from Agencies)
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