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WATCH: We Must Ensure Afghanistan Never Again Safe Haven For Terrorists – UN Chief

In this file photo taken on February 4, 2020 United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Angela Weiss / AFP.

 

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, says the world must unite to ensure that “Afghanistan is never again used as a safe haven for terrorists.”

Guterres’ toes the same line as French President Emmanuel Macron who also expressed the same view.

The Taliban renamed the country Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on Monday, following the takeover of the country on Sunday.

In what the human rights community sees as a reversal of achievements on female empowerment, the Taliban has ordered women working in two banks in two of the provinces that fell under its jackboots to quit their job.

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The UN Secretary General made his views known in a series of tweets via his verified Twitter handle @antonioguterres.

He says, “I am deeply concerned by accounts of human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan who fear a return to the darkest days.

“They are looking to the international community for support. We must not let them down.”

Guterres also made a case for persons fleeing Afghanistan for asylum, saying,  “As the world is following events in Afghanistan with a heavy heart, I urge all countries to be willing to receive Afghan refugees and refrain from deportations.”

He lamented that Afghans have known generations of war and hardship, reiterating, “They deserve our full support. Now is the time for solidarity.”

He stated that the UN is committed to supporting the people of Afghanistan; adding, “We continue to have staff and offices in areas that have come under Taliban control, and we will stay and deliver in support of the Afghan people in their hour of need.”

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