Griffiths’ meetings with Islamic Emirate officials continue

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The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, has met several senior officials of the Islamic Emirate and discussed the issues of women’s education and work.

Griffiths met with the first deputy of the Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar; acting Interior Minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani; acting Minister of Education, Mawlawi Habibullah Agha and the acting Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Khalil Rahman Haqqani.

In his meeting with the acting Minister of Interior, Martin Griffiths emphasized the importance of women’s education and work, calling education a basic right of women that needed to be restored.

“In this meeting, the education and work of females were discussed. Referring to the mentioned issues, the acting Interior Minister said that these restrictions are not permanent and that education is a need of the society,” said Abdul Nafay Takor, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

“(Griffiths) offered to the leadership of the Islamic Emirate that women should be given jobs where they are necessary,” said Abdul Mutalib Haqqani, a spokesman for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation.

In his meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Griffiths said that the international community is willing to interact and maintain relations with the Islamic Emirate to solve the problems of Afghanistan and right now the opportunity for relations have been provided.

“These meetings that they have with the Islamic Emirate’s officials are aimed to use encouraging and punishing policies of the US against the Islamic Emirate,” said Ahmad Munib, a political analyst.

“It is important that the Afghan government brings fundamental changes inside Afghanistan and reopen the gates of schools and universities for the students,” said Najibullah Jami, a political analyst.

The delegation of the Islamic Emirate included officials from CARE and UNICEF.—Tolo news