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US Envoy Says Women’s Rights Are Key to the Stability of Afghanistan

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
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US envoy to Afghanistan, Thomas West stated to a delegation of the senior Afghan interim government officials in a meeting in the UAE that bringing stability and prosperity relies on respecting women’s rights.

Mr. West held talks with Mullah Mohammed Yaqoub Mujahid, the acting Defense Minister of Afghanistan during which they exchanged views on matters of security, stability, and respect for human rights.

Mr. West also discussed security matters with the Taliban delegation, including counter-terrorism efforts against ISIS and other terrorist groups. Washington will continue to take action against terrorist groups that threaten its interest and security.

“West took the opportunity to meet with the Taliban representative in the UAE to engage on the issues of paramount importance to the United States and the international community. These issues include the deteriorating humanitarian rights situation, restrictions on women and girls’ rights,” the official said.

The pressure on the Afghan interim administration is adding with regard to the violation of human rights, particularly that of women, as they have barred women and girls from attending public places in the recent past. Meanwhile, the Taliban carried out the first public execution since their return to power in 2021 on Wednesday, which sparked light on the group’s treatment of people.

The US and the international community have repeatedly reiterated that Afghanistan’s economic and social stability and the Taliban’s domestic and international legitimacy greatly depend on respect for the rights and freedom of individuals, mothers, and daughters in particular.

Afghanistan has still been rocked by continuous attacks carried out by extremist groups targeting religious schools, educational centers, and residential areas, taking the lives of scores of innocent civilians.

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