Islamic Emirate in Geneva calls for int’l talks


A statement of the delegation of the Islamic Emirate about meetings with Geneva Call in Switzerland called for negotiations with the international community over the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

While further details about the meetings have not been publicized yet, sources told TOLOnews that the Islamic Emirate’s delegation would hold talks with the Swiss officials as well.

“We call on the international community to instruct all aid organizations to continue their humanitarian assistance without considering any political issues, and world countries should open their borders for the humanitarian assistance aiming to arrive to Afghanistan, said a statement issued by the Islamic Emirate’s delegation.

The Geneva Call said in a report that the Islamic Emirate’s delegation has adopted a humanitarian declaration in a meeting with Geneva Call team.

“The declaration covers crucial issues including the protection and provision of healthcare and education for all Afghans; the respect of humanitarian aid and the safeguard of the environment and cultural heritage,” Geneva Call said in a tweet.

Analysts believe that the main victims of the current crisis in Afghanistan are the people. “Afghanistan is the center focus of the world. Afghanistan is part of the world. The world understands now that there is no other way but to engage with Afghanistan,” said Najibullah Jami, a political analyst.

A member of the Islamic Emirate delegation told TOLOnews that they have held talks with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, European countries’ diplomats and officials from the Swiss Foreign Ministry.

“The delegation of the Islamic Emirate will meet some other officials of the organizations to facilitate aid to Afghanistan,” said Islamic Emirate’ deputy spokesman Bilal Karimi.

Afghan women activists said the delegation of the Islamic Emirate cannot represent Afghan women in this meeting.

“The brave Afghan women and those women who protest know their rights but their presence in these meetings was necessary,” said Shukria Barikzai, a former diplomat.

With the fall of the former government, the international community has imposed sanctions on Afghanistan including the suspension of international aid and the freezing of the country’s central bank assets of more than $9 billion.—Reuters


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