EU diplomats meet on Afghanistan in Brussels: Niklasson

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The European Union’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, said he hosted a meeting of Special Representatives and Envoys for Afghanistan from EU Member States in Brussels including external experts focused on human rights and on the economy.

Niklasson said in a series of tweets that the EU remains committed to supporting the Afghans. He mentioned the “deteriorating human rights situation” in Afghanistan.

“Concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation, notably for women, girls and ethnic groups, the lack of political inclusivity, and the inability of the Taliban to adopt and implement coherent policies in line with commitments to the Afghan people” were the topics discussed, Niklasson said.

But the Islamic Emirate denied Niklasson’s remarks. “Such allegations being made by foreign organizations or countries are baseless and are dependent on inaccurate information.

After the Islamic Emirate swept into power in the country, human rights has been ensured in each part of the country,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

This comes as many Western countries and human rights watchdogs voiced concerns over the situation of human rights in Afghanistan.

“These Western countries themselves are responsible for the current situation in Afghanistan and they should admit it,” said Sayed Jawad Sijadi, an international relations analyst. “It will be wise for the current Afghan government to consider the international concerns over human rights, women’s rights, ethnic rights, and political inclusivity until it finalizes its political stance,” said Ahmad Munib Rasa, a political analyst.

The international community made ensuring human rights, including rights of women and girls, the formation of an inclusive government, and the prevention of foreign groups from using Afghan soil to launch attacks as preconditions for recognition of the current Afghan government.—Tolo News

 

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