UN special coordinator meets with Taliban acting interior minister in Kabul

UN Special Coordinator and Independent Assessor, Feridun Sinirlioglu, currently in Kabul for the past few days, engaged in discussions with Sirajuddin Haqqani, the acting minister of interior for the Taliban, as reported in a statement released by the Taliban.

During their meeting, the two parties delved into topics such as “developments, ongoing challenges, and bolstering the Taliban’s connections with the international community,” according to the statement.

The statement mentioned that Sinirlioglu raised the issue of lifting restrictions on girls’ education, although further details were not provided.

According to the statement, Sinirlioglu expressed the UN’s readiness to enhance Afghanistan’s relations with the international community, as well as cooperate in the areas of reconstruction and drug control.

Haqqani emphasized in the meeting that the international community and international organizations bear a responsibility for ensuring peace, addressing issues through dialogue, and maintaining their impartiality, the statement added.

As of now, UNAMA, the UN office in Afghanistan, has not issued any comments regarding this meeting.

Feridun Sinirlioglu is currently working on an assessment of Afghanistan’s situation, which will include recommendations on how to address the challenges facing the country. He is expected to present his report to the UN next month.

Over the past two days, Sinirlioglu has also held meetings with former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, the former chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation.