According to an official communiqué released by The White House, US President Joe Biden, in his official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, discussed the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

US president Joe Biden and Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi’s crown prince, conversed and voiced support for addressing needs and advancing Afghan people’s rights, especially the rights of women and girls to education and the best attainable quality of health, as well as the right to work for women.

The two parties emphasized the importance of bolstering Afghanistan’s security and addressing the threat presented by terrorists based in Afghanistan.

They also stressed the significance of continuing to support humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.

This comes as the US’s defense budget of $839 billion for 2023, once approved with the amendments, will bar the Pentagon from providing any form of aid to Afghanistan.

Previously, Biden also issued his notice of intent, withdrawing the designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally, depriving Afghanistan of the benefits of the designation.

Women and girls in Afghanistan, on the other hand, are denied basic rights such as the right to education and movement, as the men-only administration, the Taliban, imposed draconian policies on women following the collapse of the previous government.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).