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China regrets the UN Doha meeting’s failure to engage in dialogue with Taliban

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

China’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong, expressed regret on Saturday that the United Nations’ meeting in Doha earlier this week failed to facilitate dialogue with the de facto administration.

Yu Xiaoyong, China’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, raised this issue on Sunday, on February 24th, in a post on the social media platform X. However, he deemed the second session of special representatives of countries on Afghan affairs in Doha useful for discussion, stronger interaction, and practical engagement with Afghanistan.

The second meeting of representatives of special countries for Afghanistan, hosted by the UN Secretary-General, took place in Doha on the 18th and 19th of February. Representatives from Afghan civil society were present, but representatives of the Taliban refrained from participating in this second meeting for their reasons.

China’s Special Representative on Afghanistan added that the recent Doha meeting, as also expressed by the UN Secretary-General, covered areas of concern to ensure Afghanistan is not used as a center for terrorist activities and that it has an inclusive government.

Yu Xiaoyong, however, stated that the Doha meeting once again failed to provide the groundwork for dialogue with the de facto administration as China and regional countries desired.

He said that along with many participants at the Doha session, there has been a call for increased humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, support for moderate governance, and education for women and girls in the country.

The Chinese representative emphasized that his country is ready for more intensive and strenuous work with the UN and regional partners, especially in the Ministerial Conference of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries and other platforms, to enhance interaction with Afghanistan towards the goal of aiding peace, stability, reconstruction, and prosperity in the country.

This Chinese diplomat also reiterated that the responsibility for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, freeing its assets, and lifting unilateral sanctions lies with the United States.

He had also previously urged the United States in an interview with the Global Times to release $7 billion of frozen Afghan assets and lift its unilateral sanctions.

China’s Special Representative on Afghanistan added that the US $3.5 billion Cooperation Fund for Afghanistan has so far played a minor role in assisting the country.

He emphasized that releasing frozen assets could help the people of Afghanistan achieve peace, security, stability, and sustainable reconstruction of their homeland.

Afghan critics, human rights advocates, and women’s rights activists emphasized the importance of principled engagement in any dialogue. They stressed the need for adherence to human rights principles to safeguard human rights, uphold women’s rights, including access to education and employment, and ensure freedom of movement. These rights are universal, and the people of Afghanistan, particularly women, deserve equal treatment and opportunities as their counterparts elsewhere.

They underscored that prioritizing human rights principles is essential for fostering a society where all individuals, regardless of gender, enjoy equal rights and opportunities. This approach is crucial for building a more inclusive and equitable Afghanistan, where the rights and dignity of every citizen are respected and upheld.

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