Blinken and Guterres discuss the need for inclusive government in Afghanistan

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of the Doha meeting on Thursday to discuss the urgent need for an inclusive government in Afghanistan and the protection of women’s and girls’ rights under the Taliban regime.

In a newsletter released by the US Department of State, it was stated that the meeting also addressed the recent restrictions on women’s work in UN offices imposed by the Taliban and other global concerns such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the civil war in Sudan.

As preparations continue for a two-day meeting hosted by the United Nations in Doha on May 1st, aimed at establishing a unified approach to address the ongoing situation in Afghanistan and prevent further instability, Secretary Blinken has stressed the importance of creating an inclusive government that ensures respect for the rights of all citizens of the country.

On Thursday, the UN Security Council also passed a resolution condemning the Taliban’s ban on women working for the organization and calling for immediate cancellation of the decision.