Blinken discuss Afghanistan, Burma issues with UN Secretary General

F.P Report

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres yesterday to discuss Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Burma, spokesperson Ned Price confirmed on Saturday.

Commenting on Afghanistan issue, Secretary Blinken thanked Secretary-General Guterres for his commitment to helping advance talks on a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire. 

Furthermore, Secretary Blinken called for enhanced regional and international efforts to help resolve the humanitarian crisis, end atrocities, and restore peace in Ethiopia, it added.

 They also discussed the importance of an independent, international and credible investigation into reported human rights abuses and violations in Tigray, the press release added.

Whereas, on Burma, Secretary Blinken underscored the importance of continued unity at the United Nations to prevent further violence and urge the restoration of Burma’s democratically-elected government.  They agreed to remain in close touch on these and other pressing matters, the statement mentioned.