Special envoys from the US, China and Russia meet in Islamabad about the path forward in Afghanistan
Islamabad hosted the “troika plus” meeting on Afghanistan attended by special envoys of the US, China, and Russia on November 11.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq led Pakistan’s side.
Chinese special envoy for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong, US Special Representative Thomas West and Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov attended the meeting. The extended Troika also met with senior Taliban representatives on the sidelines of the meeting.
The four participating states:
- Expressed deep concern regarding the severe humanitarian and economic situation in Afghanistan and reiterated unwavering support for the people of Afghanistan.
- Recalled the relevant Afghan – related UNSC Resolutions, including respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan that is free of terrorism and drug related crime, and that contributes to regional stability and connectivity.
- Welcomed the Taliban’s continued commitment to allow for the safe passage of all who wish to travel to and from Afghanistan and encouraged rapid progress, with the onset of winter, on arrangements to establish airports countrywide that can accept commercial air traffic, which are essential to enable the uninterrupted flow of humanitarian assistance.
- Called on the Taliban to work with fellow Afghans to take steps to form an inclusive and representative government that respects the rights of all Afghans and provides for the equal rights of women and girls to participate in all aspects of Afghan society.
- Agreed to continue practical engagement with the Taliban to encourage the implementation of moderate and prudent policies that can help achieve a stable and prosperous Afghanistan as soon as possible.
- Emphasized that access to education for women and girls at all levels is an international obligation and encouraged the Taliban to accelerate efforts to provide for full and equal access to education countrywide.
- Welcomed the international community’s urgent provision of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and expressed grave concern at the potential for an economic collapse and significantly worsening humanitarian crisisand a new refugee wave.
- Called on the Taliban to ensure unhindered humanitarian access, including by women aid workers, for the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan to respond to the developing crisis.
- Welcomed the greater role of United Nations as a coordinator in such fields as contributing to stability and delivering emergency assistance.
- Urged the United Nations and its specialized agencies to develop programs to implement the international community’s commitments to support the people of Afghanistan.
- Condemned in the strongest terms the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and called on the Taliban to cut ties with all international terrorist groups, dismantle and eliminate them in a decisive manner, and to deny space to any terrorist organization operating inside the country.
- Reaffirmed their expectation that the Taliban will fulfill their commitment to prevent use of Afghan territory by terrorists against its neighbors, other countries in the region and the rest of the world.
- Called on the Taliban to take a friendly approach towards neighboring countries and to uphold Afghanistan’s international legal obligations, including universally accepted principles of international law and fundamental human rights and to protect the safety and legitimate rights of foreign nationals and institutions in Afghanistan.
- Acknowledged international humanitarian actors’ concerns regarding the country’s serious liquidity challenges and committed to continue focusing on measures to ease access to legitimate banking services.
- Called on the international community to take concrete actions to provide Afghanistan with help against COVID 19.