UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Afghanistan on Monday

Source : 112 Ukraine

The decision was made at the request of Estonia and Norway
08:43, 16 August 2021

UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting for Monday morning after the Taliban appeared to take control of Afghanistan. The decision was made at the request of Estonia and Norway, Associated press reports.

Council diplomats said Sunday that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief council members on the latest situation following the Taliban takeover of the capital, Kabul.

Related: War in Afghanistan: President leaves, Kabul airport under fire, Taliban takes control of presidential palace

The UN chief on Friday had urged the Taliban to immediately halt their offensive in Afghanistan and negotiate “in good faith” to avert a prolonged civil war. He also said he is “deeply disturbed by early indications that the Taliban are imposing severe restrictions in the areas under their control, particularly targeting women and journalists.

As we reported earlier, Taliban fighters took control of the entire territory of Afghanistan on Sunday, August 15th. 

Also, several dozen Ukrainian citizens were evacuated from the Afghan capital Kabul, which was seized by Taliban fighters.

"Due to the growing violence in Afghanistan, Ukraine is stepping up its efforts to safely return its citizens home. More than 30 Ukrainians have been evacuated from Kabul today. They will be safe soon," the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said.

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