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UN envoy calls for inclusive govt in meeting with Taliban

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KABUL: The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, met with officials of the Islamic Emirate on Saturday and exchanged views about a range of issues including humanitarian aid, human rights and inclusive government.

Lyons met with PM Deputy Abdul Salam Hanafi, acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and acting Finance Minister Hidayatullah Badri, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said.

Lyons discussed the deepening economic and humanitarian crisis and human rights concerns. She said UNAMA will continue delivering life-saving aid. She also said, “There is a need for inclusive governance and protection of the rights of all Afghans, women and men.”

In the meantime, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the UN will stay in Afghanistan and will 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.

A spokesperson of the Islamic Emirate said the UN envoy in her meetings with the Islamic Emirate officials has discussed humanitarian aid and the problems in Afghanistan’s banking system.

“During the meeting, Ms. Lyons said they had increased the number of staff to deliver humanitarian aid and that she would soon visit the US where she would raise her voice for the resumption of the banking system of Afghanistan,” said Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a foreign ministry spokesman.

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