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UN calls for inclusive government in Afghanistan

Kabul, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) The UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, met on Saturday with Taliban officials to discuss humanitarian aid, human rights and inclusive government, local media reported today.

Lyons held a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi, Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and Finance Minister Hidayatullah Badri, reported the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama).

Lyons also spoke of the growing economic and humanitarian crisis and human rights problems in Afghanistan and said Unama will continue to deliver life-saving aid, TOLO news channel reported.

Lyons also stressed the need for an inclusive government in the Central Asian country and further stressed the protection of the rights of all Afghans, both women and men.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the UN will remain in Afghanistan and continue to promote and defend the rights of women and girls.

‘We will not stop until girls can go back to school, and women can return to their jobs and participate in public life,’ Guterres tweeted.

Islamic Emirate spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said the UN envoy also discussed problems in Afghanistan’s banking system in her meetings with Islamic Emirate officials.

According to the spokesman, Lyons said that staff was increased to deliver humanitarian aid and that she would soon visit the United States, where she would raise her voice for the resumption of Afghan banks.

Afghanistan is at an economic crossroads as the United States froze 9.4 billion dollars of the assets of the country’s central bank.

The U.S. government’s position worsened the Afghan situation and food and fuel prices doubled while hundreds of thousands of people became unemployed and financial activities decreased drastically.

Alongside Washington, the World Bank blocked project accounts in the Central Asian nation and the International Monetary Fund similarly suspended Afghan access to its resources.


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