US special envoy meets foreign ministers of Norway, Pakistan to discuss Afghanistan

US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, announced a series of meetings held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

He reported meeting with Pakistan’s acting foreign minister Jalil Abbas Jilani to discuss “shared security interests, the imperative of supporting the rights of Afghan women and girls, and the status of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.”

West also held a meeting with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), describing IRC as a critical partner in delivering principled assistance across Afghanistan.

Furthermore, the US special envoy discussed shared interests in Afghanistan with Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway. He emphasized Norway’s essential role in providing principled support to the Afghan people.

West also met with Tariq Ali Bakheet, the special envoy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to discuss the organization’s efforts in Afghanistan.

West said that he appreciated OIC’s focus on “promoting moderation, tolerance, women’s and girls’ access to education, and women’s right to work.”