UN’s Sinirlioglu briefs Canada, UK and Qatar envoys on Afghanistan assessment

Representatives from the UK, Canada, and Qatar co-chaired a joint meeting with UN Special Coordinator Feridun Sinirlioglu to discuss his assessment report on Afghanistan.

During the meeting, Sinirlioglu presented an overview of his report, outlining a forward-looking approach for Afghanistan’s future.

Afghanistan’s charge d’affaires at the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, stated in a release on X that they appreciated the independent assessment of the UN on Afghanistan.

“We welcome the independent assessment report that emphasizes the need for a more coherent, coordinated, and structured international engagement, with a clear understanding of outcomes and commitments from all sides through a performance-based roadmap,” said Faiq.

He emphasized that any immediate measures to implement the report’s recommendations should be contingent on specific conditions and a clear, time-bound roadmap based on an action plan supported by evidence and tangible proof of policy and initiative implementation, especially in areas like human rights, regional security, economic development, and inclusive governance.

“A cautious and conditional approach is essential to safeguard the interests of the Afghan people and prevent unintended consequences that could undermine the principles of justice, human rights, and international norms,” he added.

Feridun Sinirlioglu previously presented a comprehensive report at a recent UN Security Council meeting, detailing key recommendations for Afghanistan’s political future. These recommendations include appointing a UN special envoy and establishing an international contact group.

The report has elicited mixed reactions from various parties, including the Taliban, which has opposed some of its key recommendations.