Guterres convenes meeting in Doha to discuss key issues in Afghanistan

UN Secretary-General António Guterres will be in Doha, Qatar, on Monday to host a two-day meeting on Afghanistan, bringing together special envoys from various countries.

The aim is to reinvigorate international engagement around key issues, such as human rights, in particular women’s and girls’ rights, inclusive governance, countering terrorism and drug trafficking.

“The meeting is intended to achieve a common understanding within the international community on how to engage with the Taliban (IEA) on these issues,” the UN said in a statement issued on Sunday.

Last week, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the decision to ban women from working for the organization, saying that it undermines human rights and humanitarian principles.

The 15-member body called for the “full, equal, meaningful and safe participation of women and girls in Afghanistan.”