UN provides details on DiCarlo’s visit to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Nations released details on a recent four-day visit by UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo to Afghanistan. During her meetings in Kabul, she extended an advance invitation to the Taliban for the upcoming Doha meeting and discussed various matters, including human rights and restrictions on women’s and girls’ education.

“Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, visited Afghanistan from May 18 to 21. She met with the de facto authorities, the diplomatic community in Kabul, and representatives of civil society. The United Nations meeting of Special Envoys in Doha on June 30 and July 1 was at the center of her discussions,” the UN said.

DiCarlo extended an advance invitation from the Secretary-General to the de facto Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, to participate in the upcoming meeting of Special Envoys. The meeting aims to increase international engagement with Afghanistan in a more coherent, coordinated, and structured manner, the UN stated.

DiCarlo discussed with interlocutors the various challenges Afghanistan is facing. Afghan stakeholders urged that any strategy for international engagement address the combined humanitarian, development, and economic challenges. They also raised concerns about the risks and threats posed by narcotics and terrorist groups, the UN said.

DiCarlo’s meeting with former president Hamid Karzai and former head of the high council for national reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah.

The Under-Secretary-General also discussed the human rights situation in Afghanistan, particularly the restrictions on female education.

In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), DiCarlo said she remains committed to working for Afghanistan.

DiCarlo’s meeting with Taliban deputy chief minister Abdul Kabir.

“Just ended a visit to Afghanistan to continue preparing the ground for talks in Doha on the international community’s engagement with the country. Determined to continue to advocate for the Afghan people, including full participation of women in public life and education for all,” she said.