Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban’s Acting Foreign Minister, met with Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan, to discuss the country’s human rights situation.

The UN Special Rapporteur met with Muttaqi to discuss the purpose of his travel to Afghanistan, the assigned mission, and his work plan, according to Taliban Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi, who tweeted today, May 18.

Bennett is visiting Afghanistan for ten days. His visit is intended to review the human rights situation in Afghanistan and discuss the country’s commitments under international human rights instruments.

The acting Taliban Foreign Minister, Muttaqi, had asked Richard Bennett to produce his report on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan solely on documented facts, not relying on the media, biased circles, or the opinions of dissidents overseas, according to a statement released by the Taliban Foreign Ministry.

During the meeting, the acting Taliban Foreign Minister highlighted Afghanistan’s Islamic values and people to the UN Special Rapporteur so that he may focus on this issue when preparing the report and conducting the study. UN Special Rapporteur, Bennett, thanked Muttaqi for providing important information on “the developments, the current situation, human rights, and society in Afghanistan,” according to the Taliban Foreign Ministry, and said he would base his assessment on facts.


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