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Taliban’s Ban on Girls’ Education; Iran Expresses Regret over Taliban’s Decision

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran expressed regret over Taliban’s recent decision to ban university education for women.

Nasser Kanaani, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, in a statement published on December 22, said that Iran, as a neighbouring country interested in peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, regrets to hear the news that Afghan girls and women are facing obstacles for studying at universities.

“Iran hopes the relevant officials in Afghanistan pave the way for the resumption of education for female school and university studies at all levels so that they can enjoy their right to acquire knowledge and science and play a more effective role in the development and prosperity of the country,” part of the statement reads.

In an official letter, on December 20, the Taliban Ministry of Higher Education officially banned higher education for female students in the country. Higher education is “suspended” for female students until further notice, the letter reads. This decision by the Taliban ignited global reactions.

Following this decision, in another official letter, the Taliban Ministry of Education ordered the closure of all educational centers and public and private schools for girls above sixth grade across the country.

Many Islamic countries including Pakistan, Indonesia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Organization for Islamic Cooperation reacted to the Taliban’s decision.