India reaffirms commitment to Afghanistan UN Security Council

India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, reaffirmed the country’s unwavering commitment to Afghanistan during a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Afghanistan.

Addressing the council, Kamboj expressed deep concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, worsened by natural disasters like the October 2023 earthquake, which claimed over 320 lives.

“The compounding impact of natural disasters has devastated Afghan lives,” she stated.

Kamboj emphasized the need for the international community to remain focused on Afghanistan, particularly in dealing with terrorism and the aftermath of natural calamities. She recognized the report by Special Coordinator Feridun Sinirlioglu, mandated by UNSC Resolution 2679, and supported its recommendations.

India, as a long-standing partner of Afghanistan, will continue to collaborate actively with international partners to promote peace and stability in the region, Kamboj affirmed. She highlighted India’s ongoing cooperation with UN agencies in Afghanistan and pledged to maintain these efforts.

During her speech, Kamboj pointed to the benchmarks set by Security Council Resolution 2593, which outlines the international approach to Afghanistan. These benchmarks focus on delivering humanitarian aid, establishing an inclusive government, combating terrorism and drug trafficking, and protecting the rights of women, children, and minorities.