• publish: 25 September 2021
  • time: 12:33 pm
  • category: Politics
  • No: 18819
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India, US remind Taliban of commitments

Afghan soil must not be used for terrorism

India and US have called upon the Taliban to keeps their commitments on human rights, women’s issues, minorities and of not allowing Afghan soil to be used for terrorism.

In a joint statement after the Modi-Biden bilateral talks in Washington on Friday, the two leaders underscored the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Biden resolved that the Taliban must abide by UNSC Resolution 2593 (2021) which demands that Afghan territory must never again be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist attacks, and underscored the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan.
They also called on the Taliban to allow full, safe, direct and unhindered access for the UN, its specialised agencies and implementing partners, and all humanitarian actors engaged in humanitarian relief activity, including with respect to internally displaced persons, the statement said.
India and US said they were determined to continue to closely coordinate and to work jointly with partners toward an inclusive and peaceful future for all Afghans.
The Taliban swept across Afghanistan last month, seizing control of almost all key towns and cities in the backdrop of withdrawal of the US forces that began on May 1. On August 15, the capital city of Kabul fell to the insurgents.
Despite assurances of an inclusive government, the Taliban have not included women in the Cabinet announced earlier. Most of those inducted into the Cabinet were ethnic Pashtuns, from whom Taliban draws most of its cadre. Several curbs have also been put on rights and freedoms of women, including work and education.
The Cabinet also includes several designated terrorists; the Taliban regime is yet to gain recognition from any country.

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