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We must maintain dialogue with Taliban to avoid millions of deaths,- UN Secretary General

Source : 112 Ukraine

The UN chief said there were "no guarantees" about what might come out of talks
09:22, 11 September 2021

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
Reuters

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on the international community to maintain a dialogue with the Taliban in Afghanistan. It is reported by DW.

"We must maintain a dialogue with the Taliban, where we affirm our principles directly - a dialogue with a feeling of solidarity with the Afghan people. Our duty is to extend our solidarity to a people who suffer greatly, where millions and millions risk dying of hunger," he said.

Related: EU criticizes Afghan government formed by Taliban

The UN chief said there were "no guarantees" about what might come out of talks but that discussions are a must "if we want Afghanistan not to be a center of terrorism, if we want women and girls to not lose all the rights acquired during the previous period, if we want different ethnic groups to be able to feel represented."

What the UN wishes is "an inclusive government," where all components of Afghan society are represented, and "this first preliminary government" announced a few days ago "does not give that impression," he added, regretfully.

Earlier, the Taliban announced that the shaping of temporary government in Afghanistan is over. Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the movement's founders will be leading the Cabinet.

Related: Taliban states to seize last Afghan province – Panjshir; rebels state fights continue

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