Sanction countries that recognize the Taliban government, say US senators

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Live updates from the Taliban crisis in Afghanistan: Weeks after the Taliban claimed victory in Panjshir, the valley is empty as families have left one by one, according to an AFP report. The province was one of the last to fall into Taliban hands after fierce fighting with resistance forces.

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Several world leaders have announced that they will see if the Taliban keep their promises to the international community on issues like an inclusive Afghan government and human rights before diplomatically recognizing their regime. Afghanistan was already facing chronic poverty and drought, but the situation has deteriorated since the Taliban seized power last month with the disruption of aid, the departure of tens of thousands of people, including the government and aid workers, and the collapse of many economic activities.

Here are some of the key stories to follow:

The UN Security Council extends the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan by 6 months

The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) by six months, unanimously passing a resolution that underlines the importance of the establishment of a inclusive and representative government.

The Council of 15 Nations voted on the draft resolution extending UNAMA’s mandate until March 17, 2022.

The resolution, emphasizing the important role that the United Nations will continue to play in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan, recognizes the need to redouble efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and the important coordinating role. United Nations, and reaffirming that the delivery of humanitarian assistance requires all parties to allow full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to United Nations humanitarian agencies and other humanitarian actors.

Taliban announce reopening of Afghan boys’ schools, no mention of girls

Afghan schools will open for boys from Saturday, the Taliban’s new education ministry said in a statement that gave no indication of when the girls could resume their classes.

More than a month after the movement seized the capital Kabul, most educational institutions have remained closed as the Taliban struggled to reopen the economy and restore normal life to the cities.

In some of the successful schools, girls up to grade six have been educated and female students have taken university courses. But girls’ high schools have been closed.

Taliban officials have said they will not replicate the fundamentalist policies of the previous Taliban government, which banned girls’ education, and they have promised that girls will be able to study as long as they do so in separate classes, according to one. Reuters report.

Xi Jinping says SCO states should help drive a smooth Afghan transition

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday that member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) should contribute to a smooth transition in Afghanistan, according to Chinese state media.

SCO member states should guide Afghanistan to develop an inclusive political structure and follow moderate internal and external policies, Xi said.

The SCO has eight members: China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan is an observer state within the group.

Germany rewards its airlift leader in Afghanistan

The German President bestowed one of the country’s highest honors on the commander who led the evacuation of Germans and some Afghans from Kabul, The Associated Press reported.

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier congratulated the Brigadier. The leadership of General Jens Arlt in an operation which he said was “unprecedented” in German history after WWII.

The German military has evacuated more than 5,300 citizens of 45 countries from the Afghan capital, as part of a larger international effort to airlift 120,000 people after the Taliban takeover last month.

Steinmeier noted that Arlt had managed to bring back all of his 500 soldiers unharmed, despite the risks they faced in the field. He added that “we bear part of the responsibility for the human tragedy” in Afghanistan.

Panjshir now looks like a ghost town, report says

Weeks after the Taliban claimed victory in Panjshir, the valley is empty as families have left one by one. The old men, the cattle and the Taliban fighters are all that is left now.

“Before, nearly 100 families lived here,” said a resident of Khenj district, according to AFP. “There are only three left now. Everybody is gone. Villages across the province tell the same story, the report says, adding that the AFP team visited three of the province’s seven hardest-hit districts.

The Taliban and resistance front fighters waged a fierce battle in Panjshir province, which was one of the last provinces to fall to the Taliban.

Afghanistan: G20 meeting to be held after UN Assembly, Italian Foreign Minister said

An ad hoc Group of 20 Major Economies summit to discuss Afghanistan will be held after the United Nations Assembly which ends on September 30, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said in an interview released on Friday.

Taliban fighters patrol a market in Old Town Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (AP Photo)

“Yes, the G20 will be held after the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where I will be next week. On the sidelines of the UN Assembly, there will be a meeting of G20 foreign ministers to prepare for the extraordinary summit, ”Di Maio told La Repubblica daily. Di Maio said that Italy, which holds the rotating presidency of the G20 this year, has called on UN agencies and nonprofits active in Afghanistan to participate in the meeting.

IMF suspends engagement with Afghanistan

The International Monetary Fund has said its engagement with Afghanistan will remain suspended until there is clarity within the international community on recognition of the Taliban-led government.

The IMF said it was deeply concerned about the economic conditions in Afghanistan, urging the international community to take urgent action to block a “looming humanitarian crisis” in the country.

Republican senators seek to name the Taliban as a terrorist organization

Leading Republican lawmakers have demanded that the Taliban be designated as a terrorist organization, arguing that the government led by the hard-line group in Afghanistan has several cabinet members who are UN-designated terrorists. Lawmakers have also called for sanctions against countries that recognize the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan.

Afghan Ministry of Finance tries to get public sector wages paid

The Afghan government is working to resolve a series of issues that have held up wages for public sector workers, the finance ministry said on Thursday, as the Taliban’s new administration struggles to revive the stalled economy.

Even before the movement took hold of Kabul last month, many public sector workers said they had not been paid for weeks and that banks were imposing strict limits on cash withdrawals while the prices of basic necessities rise, many face serious difficulties. The ministry said “technical issues” caused a delay in the payment of wages, but special teams were working to resolve the payroll issues as quickly as possible.

Dutch Foreign Minister resigns following evacuations in Afghanistan

Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigned Thursday after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of no confidence against the government for its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan as part of the Taliban takeover.

During a parliamentary debate on Wednesday evening, Kaag acknowledged that the government’s slow or confused response to warnings about the situation in Afghanistan meant that some local staff and people who had worked as translators for Dutch troops in the country no had not been evacuated.


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