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US Envoy Says No Possibility to Ease Sanctions If Schools Remain Closed

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KABUL: The US special envoy for human rights and Afghan women and girls, Rina Amiri, expressed frustration over the closing of schools for girls students beyond grade six and said that the issue of reopening girls’ schools was a key test for the current Afghan government.

She also urged the Islamic Emirate to make a final and sooner decision about the education of girls above grade six.

Amiri made the remarks in an interview with Turkey’s TRT World.  

“There is no possibility to soften or ease sanctions when the Taliban are clearly violating the terms that have been set forth and, for the Taliban themselves– where is the impact of the sanctions? it is the fact that the Taliban themselves recognize that this is not something that a government that seeks to have international credibility and be a respected member of the community…it’s on them to do what is required…to have sanctions removed,” she said.

However, the Ministry of Education denied the disputes among government officials about the fate of the schools above grade six.

“Whenever a decision is made by government officials to reopen (grades 7-12) schools in the country, the Ministry of Education is ready to open all girls’ schools across the country,” said Ahmad Aziz, Reyan, spokesman of the Ministry of Education.

The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West tweeted that he spoke with Former President Hamid Karzai about the return of girls back to schools and as well as the initiative of a national consultation to determine the future of the country.

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