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Abdullah in Switzerland for UN summit

AT-KABUL: Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah left Kabul on Sunday for Switzerland to attend the United Nations’ human rights council session as well as the conference on banning anti-personnel mines that are to be held in Geneva.

Javid Faisal, deputy spokesman for the chief executive said that Abdullah would meet the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, head of the UN human rights affairs and Swiss foreign minister in the sidelines of the sessions.

“Afghanistan is member of the UN human rights council for three years. Human rights violations by terrorist groups and the support from foreign countries for the terrorist groups will be discussed,” Faisal said.

He added that the presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan have made obstacles before Afghanistan’s commitments to the international community.

“The terrorist groups use children as soldiers and in suicide attacks. We cannot fulfill our commitments until these terrorist groups are active in the country.”

The latest UN report counted the number of casualties 10,000 in 2017 in Afghanistan, saying most of casualties happened due to suicide attacks and roadside bomb blasts.

The report attributes 65 per cent of the casualties to Taliban and Daesh terrorist group, while the pro government forces were responsible for 16 per cent and the international troops for two per cent.

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