Afghan People Are ‘Utterly Disappointed’ by Putzel’s Remarks, Says Faiq

Naseer Ahmad Faiq, the Chargé d’Affaires of Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN has said that Afghan people, particularly women, are “utterly disappointed” by the request of the UN Secretary-General’s (UNSG) Deputy Special Representative Markus Potzel for reopening embassies of Western countries in Kabul.

Markus Potzel, who is also the political deputy of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has urged Western Countries to reopen their embassies in Kabul in order to assess the situation easily and closely in Afghanistan.

Faiq in a tweet this morning, December 27, wrote that Potzel’s statements are his personal opinions and are not the “official stance” of the UNAMA and that of the UNSG Antonio Guterres.

After the fall of the Afghan government, the embassies of the western countries in Afghanistan stopped operating.

More than a year passed since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, no country has recognized the ruling the Taliban’s administration.

Meanwhile, the recent moves by the Taliban, including the decision to ban women from working and attending universities, have drawn reactions from many countries, including Western ones.

At the same time, human rights activists call on the UN to impose more sanctions on the Taliban.