United Nations: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) under the Presidency of India, passed a resolution on Afghanistan hoping the current Taliban regime fulfill their promise and not indulge in fomenting strife in and outside the country. The Indian term at the helm also comes to an end today with a new country set to take over as UNSC President.
News agency ANI quotes the US representative as saying, “UNSC expects the Taliban to live up to its commitment to facilitate safe passage for Afghans and foreigners who want to leave Afghanistan today, tomorrow, or after August 31.”
The resolution was passed 13-0 with only Russia and China abstaining. According to ANI sources, there is a recognition of upholding human rights especially of Afghan women, children and minorities and well as to inclusive negotiated settlement and to humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
The resolution taking a note of the Taliban statement on 27 August expects them to adhere to their commitments, including regarding the safe, secure and orderly departure from Afghanistan of Afghans and all foreign nationals.
Foreign secretary HV Shringla who chaired the meet added, “Today’s resolution also highlights importance of women’s rights, minorities’ rights… particularly Sikhs and Hindu minorities in Afghanistan. It has indicated a need for safe passage of people and to take necessary steps in its engagement with Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile, the United States has completed the process of withdrawal of its troops and other evacuees from Afghanistan within the August 31 deadline. Addressing the nation, US President Joe Biden said, “I have asked the Secretary of State to lead the continued coordination with our international partners to ensure safe passage for any Americans, Afghan partners, and foreign nationals who want to leave Afghanistan. This will include UNSC Resolution passed today.”