Dialogue with Islamic Emirate ‘important’: UN official

KABUL (Tolo News): Filippo Grandi, the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, told the Washington Post that it is important to maintain dialogue with the Islamic Emirate, saying that this will ensure that Afghanistan is “viable.”
“But in the end, in the end, it is important to maintain that dialogue with the Taliban, because all these systems will be temporary in nature, and how to ensure that Afghanistan is viable, is a viable country able to support its people, I think will only be achieved through dialogue between the international community and the Taliban themselves,” said Grandi.
Grandi added that he delivered the same message to the Islamic Emirate when he was visiting Kabul: that the “Taliban” has to fulfil some promises, if they want their financial resources to be unfrozen. “When I was in Kabul, and when my colleagues were there, we all told the Taliban the same message. If you want your resources to be unfrozen, if you want the country to enjoy again substantive development support by the international community, you also have to make steps in their direction. It’s–it goes both ways, but it is a dialogue. It cannot be a wall-to-wall situation, said Grandi.
The commissioner, in response to the question over whether this Taliban government is the same Taliban that ruled Afghanistan very severely in the 1990s, said: “The Afghanistan, the Taliban … in 1996, 1997 was profoundly different from the Afghanistan that they have taken over recently. And they have to live with that, they have to cope with that, they have to deal with that situation.”
The Islamic Emirate said it has taken steps to positively engage with the world. “We have traveled to many counties on behalf of Afghanistan, raised our voices, participated in sessions and we were welcomed and this is good engagement for official recognition of the Islamic Emirate,” said Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting Foreign Minister.
“The remaining problems have to be resolved diplomatically and through logical negotiations. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is ready to negotiate over some issues to remove some concerns,” said Inamullah Samangani. The UN commissioner for refugees further said that Afghan women and girls must be allowed to attend schools, and minorities must be represented. After the victory of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, many Afghans who were working for state and international offices and some private agencies lost their jobs and the poverty rate has increased dramatically in Afghanistan.