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UN special envoy appointment takes center stage in upcoming Doha meeting

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KABUL – In the upcoming meeting scheduled for February 18-19 in Doha, the appointment of a United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan is poised to take center stage. Nasir Andisha, Afghanistan’s representative at the United Nations Geneva office, highlighted the significance of this appointment, emphasizing its dominance in discussions among special envoys from various countries.

The agenda will also include deliberations on establishing a contact group, along with a review of recommendations from Special Coordinator Feridun Sinirlioglu regarding his assessment of Afghanistan. The focus on appointing the UN special representative is evident, with efforts to ensure their attendance at the event.

According to Andisha, the agenda encompasses discussions on all independent evaluation proposals by the organization. Once decisions are made about the special representative’s appointment, the formation of the contact group, and the implementation of proposals, including commitments by the Taliban, the major political process will resume.

Seats have been allocated for both Taliban and non-Taliban political figures, although their participation details remain unconfirmed. Andisha indicated that the involvement of these groups is still under negotiation, with their presence likely to be more symbolic.

G7 countries’ special envoys and initiatives from Iran and Russia hint at potential significant regional and international interactions during the meeting. Abdul Kabir, the Taliban’s deputy chief minister for political affairs, confirmed his invitation to the event after meeting with the Norwegian chargé d’affaires, expressing hope for positive relations with America, Europe, and other nations.

While the United Nations finalizes the details and arrangements of the meeting, Afghan women have voiced concerns, urging meaningful discussions on women’s rights, including work, education, and freedom of speech. Women’s rights activist Masouma Ahmadi appealed to participating countries not to support or recognize the Taliban.

The potential meeting between the UN Secretary-General and the Taliban delegation remains uncertain. Nonetheless, the primary focus of the event is the appointment of a special envoy for Afghanistan. This crucial step aims to reintegrate the country into the international community, including the Taliban, resume peace talks, and ensure women’s participation in political structures, following the Security Council’s December resolution.

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