UN pushes for talks to new Afghan government

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China protest after Pakistan not allowed to participate

Imran Yaqub Dhillon
United Nations

The U.N. Security Council called for talks to create a new government in Afghanistan and an end to fighting.

The 15-member council issued a statement, agreed by consensus, after Guterres appealed to the body to “use all tools at its disposal” to suppress a global terrorist threat from Afghanistan and guarantee respect for human rights.

“We cannot and must not abandon the people of Afghanistan,” Guterres told the Security Council.

India, currently a non-permanent member of the UNSC, chaired the session, as it holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month.

China’s deputy envoy to the UN, Geng Shuang, said that it was regrettable that the request of some regional countries and neighbours of Afghanistan to participate in the special Security Council session had not been granted.

Later Pakistan permanent representative in united nations Munir Akram’s said in his press briefing at the UN after India — being the chair of the United Nations Security Council — had denied Pakistan the opportunity to speak at the council’s meeting on Afghanistan.

This was not the first time that India had done such an act, as last time almost 10 days back, New Delhi had prohibited Pakistan from addressing the council — while Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations Ghulam M Isaczai levelled allegations against Islamabad.

“India’s partisan and obstructionist actions are an illustration of the hatred for Pakistan which exists in India,” Pakistan’s representative to the UN said.

India plans to continue the conflict in Afghanistan and sponsor terrorism against Pakistan from the Afghan land, he said and pointed out that once peace is attained, this threat could be neutralised..

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