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Taliban Welcomes Extension of UN Mission in Afghanistan

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The Taliban authorities have expressed their approval of the extension of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) mandate until March 17, 2025. This move, sanctioned by a unanimous vote from the UN Security Council, aims to enhance Afghanistan’s connections with other nations and international organizations. Zabihullah Mujahid, a government spokesperson, emphasized the importance of UNAMA in strengthening ties between Afghanistan and the global community, highlighting the need for progress in security and stability to be effectively communicated internationally.

Despite the Taliban government’s lack of official recognition following their takeover in 2021, concerns persist regarding women’s rights and overall security in the region. Mujahid urged UNAMA to play a pivotal role in addressing unfair pressures on Afghanistan and advocated for the release of frozen Afghan assets. The recent meeting of national and regional special envoys in Doha focused on enhancing engagement and fostering a coordinated response to Afghanistan, aligning with recommendations from a UN-independent assessment.

The presence of UNAMA is deemed crucial by the international community to deepen engagement and establish trust with the Taliban. While some Western nations support the appointment of a UN special envoy to Afghanistan, the Taliban authorities have rejected this proposal, citing UNAMA’s existing on-the-ground presence as sufficient. Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi reiterated this stance, emphasizing that the appointment of a special envoy is unnecessary given UNAMA’s active role in the region.

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