Photo: Hamid Karzai via Twitter

Karzai discusses women’s education and work with head of UNAMA in Kabul

The former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai met with the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Roza Otunbayeva to discuss women’s rights to education and work and the current situation of Afghanistan in Kabul on Monday.

Karzai wrote in a series of tweets in Persian that both sides emphasized the necessity of opening schools and universities for girls and lifting the ban on women working in national and international organizations.

“Both sides also discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and the region and stressed the necessity of starting a national dialogue to ensure permanent peace and stability in the country.” Karzai wrote.

According to Karzai, they further discussed the upcoming meeting in Doha, the expectations of the people of Afghanistan from the International community, and the result of the Doha meeting.

The Doha meeting regarding the Afghanistan situation is scheduled to be held in early May.

Earlier last week, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, announced that a meeting will be held in region countries in May, where steps that lead to the recognition of the Taliban will be discussed with the UN Secretary-General and Special Envoys from different countries.

The statement of Amina Mohammed led to widespread reactions from inside and outside of Afghanistan, with some accusing her of lobbying for the Taliban which prompted the UN spokesperson to clarify the organization’s stance regarding the recognition of the Taliban.

In a press briefing last week, the spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric said that only the UN member states could make the decision on whether to recognize the Taliban and United Nations will not advise member states on the recognition of the Taliban government in Afghanistan.