"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.
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.