Taliban Pledges Safety of Humanitarian Workers in Afghanistan

The United Nations humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths met with Taliban leaders on Sunday, September 5, who promised humanitarian workers’ safety and accessibility of assistance in Afghanistan.

Martin Griffiths visited Kabul on Sunday and met with the leaders amid a potential humanitarian catastrophe under the militant group’s rule. Griffiths said in a tweet that the meeting reaffirmed the U.N.’s commitment to providing assistance and protection to millions of Afghans who are in need. 

A statement from U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, “The authorities pledged that the safety and security of humanitarian staff, and humanitarian access to people in need, will be guaranteed and that humanitarian workers — both men and women — will be guaranteed freedom of movement.”

Griffiths emphasized the importance of women’s roles in the cause and advocated for their rights and safety, as well as the civilians’ protection, especially the women, girls, and the minorities. He also declared solidarity with the Afghans. 

The statement also said that the Taliban leaders ascertained cooperation with the humanitarian group to ensure that aid is properly distributed to people and that there will be further dialogue with the authorities are to be expected in the coming days.

Dujarric said that Griffith’s will be meeting with humanitarian representatives of U.N. agencies and NGOs and express his gratitude to the groups for maximizing their efforts to help eight million people this year. 


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