Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with Special Representative of the UN Secretary General

Amir Khan Mutaki, acting foreign minister in the Taliban-appointed government, met with Deborah Lyons, UN special envoy of the secretary general and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

“At the meeting at the [Afghan] Foreign Ministry, the UN special envoy discussed with Mutaki the humanitarian crisis, the UN’s work in the country and how all Afghans, men and women, are critical to the enormous humanitarian and development challenges facing the country,” UNAMA said on Twitter.

As the acting foreign minister assured on behalf of the movement, the organization’s staff will be safe in Afghanistan, including in the delivery of humanitarian aid.

In addition, the Assistance Mission in Afghanistan tweeted that the country’s authorities are inviting women back to work in medical facilities and other sectors.

The situation in Afghanistan escalated in May 2021 after the start of the withdrawal of U.S. troops who had been in the country since 2001. The Taliban launched an offensive on major cities in the country and entered Kabul on August 15, declaring the end of the war. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country on the same day.

On September 18, it became known that the Taliban may need several months to finally form a cabinet. The ministers appointed by the interim government are acting ministers.