The UN Security Council on Thursday voted to establish formal relations with the Taliban-led Afghanistan, which has not yet gained open international recognition.
He did so by adopting a resolution that does not use the word Taliban and sets out a new one-year mandate for the UN political mission in Afghanistan, which he said is “essential” to achieving peace in the country.
The vote in favor of Russia was 14, with one abstention.
The resolution includes a number of lines of cooperation in the humanitarian, political and human rights spheres, including women, children and journalists.
“This new mandate from UNAMA (UN Mission in Afghanistan) is essential not only to respond to the immediate humanitarian and economic crisis, but also to achieve our ultimate goal of achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan,” said UN Ambassador to Norway Mona Juul. a draft of the resolution, he told AFP after the vote.
“The Council sends a clear message with this new mandate: UNAMA has a crucial role to play in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and in addressing the unprecedented challenges and uncertainties of the people of Afghanistan,” Juul said.
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