UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for an injection of money into Afghanistan to avoid an economic collapse that would trigger a “catastrophic” situation for the Afghan people and be a “gift to terrorist groups”.
His remarks come after his special envoy for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, warned the Security Council on Thursday that freezing billions of dollars in international Afghan assets to keep them out of the hands of the Taliban would inevitably trigger “a severe economic downturn “.
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The UN chief also called on all countries to engage with the Taliban and deliver the same message: the Afghan people must live in peace under an inclusive government that respects basic human rights, including for women and girls, and Afghanistan should not be a sanctuary for terrorism anymore and should play a constructive role in international relations.
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The United States facilitated the departure of 21 U.S. nationals and 11 green card holders on Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. (LPR), “Blinken said in a statement. Measles cases, however, are disrupting flights to the United States of Afghan evacuees. The United States on Friday halted flights to the United States, withdrawing some planes, after discovering a few cases of measles among newcomers to the United States.
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Meanwhile, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh discussed with Australian Defense Minister the fragile security situation in Afghanistan and their “common concerns” over the spread of terrorism from the Taliban-ruled country. Singh told Peter Dutton that the rise of the Taliban poses serious security concerns for India and the region, as terrorist groups with bases in Afghanistan could get additional support to expand their activities.
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Taliban victory in Afghanistan could embolden other groups in different parts of the world, UN chief says
The Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan could embolden other groups in different parts of the world, warned Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, expressing concern over global terrorism while saying dialogue with the militant group is “absolutely essential” because the The UN wants the country to play a “constructive role” in international relations.
“I have to tell you that I am very worried about what we are seeing in different parts of the world. And the fact that in Afghanistan the Taliban were able to win might embolden other groups in different parts of the world regardless of the fact that they are different from the Taliban and I don’t see that there is a similarity between them ”, Mr. Guterres said. said at a press conference Friday at the UN headquarters.
“We have seen several of them, not only praising the Taliban, but showing stronger enthusiasm for their own abilities,” he said.
US envoy congratulates Qatar on flights to Afghanistan
More than 250 foreign nationals have left Afghanistan in the past three days, said Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington’s special envoy and architect of an often-criticized deal with the Taliban.
In a series of tweets, Khalilzad praised both the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, whose national airline has carried out the flights, and the “Taliban’s cooperation in this important effort”, for the recent departure of foreign nationals of Afghanistan.
US gives first public glimpse inside Afghan base
The Biden administration on Friday provided the first public glimpse inside a US military base where Afghans airlifted out of Afghanistan are screened, amid questions about how the government is caring for refugees and control.
“All of the Afghans who are here with us have had a difficult journey and now face the very real challenges of adjusting to life in the United States,” Liz Gracon, a senior official in the US Department, told reporters. State.
The three-hour visit to the Fort Bliss military base in El Paso, Texas was the first time the media have been granted wide access to one of eight US military facilities housing Afghans.
Measles cases disrupt Afghan evacuee flights to US
The United States halted Afghan evacuee flights to the United States on Friday, withdrawing some of the planes, after discovering a few cases of measles among new arrivals to the United States.
A U.S. government document viewed by The Associated Press warned the development would have a serious impact on an evacuation which, since Aug. 15, has displaced several thousand people out of Taliban-held Afghanistan, but has also been exhausting for Afghan evacuees and Americans, and has been plagued by attacks and other deadly violence.
The decision was made by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Rise of Taliban raises serious security concerns for India and region: Rajnath in talks with Australian counterpart
Defense ministers of India and Australia on Friday discussed the fragile security situation in Afghanistan and their “common concerns” over the spread of terrorism from the Taliban-ruled country, the growing claim. China in the Indo-Pacific and the means to intensify bilateral defense relations. , according to official sources.
Singh told Dutton that the rise of the Taliban poses serious security concerns for India and the region, as terrorist groups with bases in Afghanistan could get additional support to expand their activities, they said. declared.
UN refugee chief says agency will engage with Taliban
The head of the UN refugee agency said on Friday that UNHCR would engage with the Taliban to provide assistance to millions of displaced Afghans.
Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also said his agency had so far not observed large numbers of Afghans trying to cross to other countries, but warned that the situation could change if conditions in the country deteriorate.
“The number one priority for my organization is to step up, to step up our humanitarian work to help the displaced … Winter is approaching. It is very cold in Afghanistan during the winter, ”said Mr. Grandi.
Another Qatar Airways charter flight leaves Kabul with 19 US citizens
The United States facilitated the departure of 21 U.S. nationals and 11 green card holders on Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
“As part of our continued engagement, today we facilitated the departure from Afghanistan of 21 US citizens and 11 Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs),” Blinken said in a statement.
Specifically, the department assisted two U.S. citizens and 11 LPRs to leave Afghanistan by land route, he said, adding that the department provided them with advice, worked to facilitate their safe passage and that embassy officials greeted them once they crossed the border.
In addition, another Qatar Airways charter flight took off from Kabul with 19 US citizens on board.
American Indians play key role in resettlement of Afghan refugees in California
A California American Indian leading Afghan refugee resettlement in the city of Fremont on Friday congratulated President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken on evacuating thousands of Afghans who had helped states -United in their war on terrorism for 20 years.
“President Biden, Secretary Blinken and our troops led an airlift that evacuated tens of thousands more people than imagined possible. We look forward to welcoming our Afghan allies to their new homes in Fremont, California, and other parts of the United States and continue to work with Afghan community organizations to help refugees and Afghans bring peace to all, ”community leader Ajay Jain Bhutoria said during of a webinar hosted by the State Department with him.
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Nations should carry Taliban message, says UN chief
The UN chief said all countries should engage with the Taliban and deliver the same message: The Afghan people should live in peace under an inclusive government that respects basic human rights, including for women and girls , and Afghanistan should no longer be a sanctuary for terrorism and should play a constructive role in international relations.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres said at a press conference on Friday “that it is important that regardless of different strategies, different forms of contact, all countries are able to convey the same message and engage. with the Taliban effectively ”.
He said the UN “is constantly engaged with the Taliban and we believe that a dialogue with the Taliban is absolutely essential at this time.”