Secretary-General Antonio Guterres informed that he is ready to talk to the Taliban that has taken over Afghanistan once the hardline group’s leadership is clear.
According to the reports, Gunterres said- “I’m ready to speak myself when it is clear with whom should I speak, for what purpose,” “I have not spoken myself, but our people in Afghanistan are in close contact with the Taliban and very strongly conveying that message” of respect for human rights and preventing the use of the territory by terrorists.”
He further stated that he was in touch with Qatar, which has facilitated talks between the Taliban, the previous Afghan government and other countries and is now working on getting an inclusive government installed in Kabul. He was in close contact with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar (Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani) and they are following the Qatar Initiative and supporting it. They are hoping that they will find a way for an inclusive government in Afghanistan.
He said that the only leverage the international community has with the Taliban is its quest for legitimacy and all nations should be united and “speak with one voice” to be able to use this bargaining power.
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