The newly appointed Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Roza Otunbayeva, met with Mawlawi Abdul Kabir, and Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi, the Deputies of the Taliban Prime Minister in Political and Administrative Affairs.
Roza Otunbayeva, also the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Afghanistan, visited the senior Taliban officials, separately, on Sunday, October 16.
According to a statement from the UNAMA office, issues such as media rights, the imperative of girls’ education, governance, and the crucial role that all Afghans, including women, play in the nation’s reconstruction were discussed with the top Taliban officials.
The newly appointed UNAMA director reaffirmed the necessity for close collaboration to prioritize the needs of the Afghan people and agreed to close collaboration to address urgent issues Afghans face.
Otunbayeva, who has only recently begun her mission, met with Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Saturday, in which girls’ education was one of the focuses of the meeting.
For more than a year, the Taliban has prohibited girls above the sixth grade from getting an education and attending school.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Taliban government, recently reiterated assurances that all girls will be able to attend school at a meeting in Turkey.
All girls’ schools were supposed to open this year, as he had promised last year. However, this promise was not held.
Mujahid added that separate classes, curriculum arrangements, and a transportation system are all currently being worked out by this group in preparation for the opening of schools for all girls.
Last year, Taliban officials stated that they were developing a plan to reopen girls’ schools; however, it is unclear when this plan will be put into action.