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UN Security Council Approves New Resolution on Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council approved a new resolution on Afghanistan on Friday with 13 votes in favor and two abstentions from Russia and China.

The resolution, which was proposed by Japan and the United Arab Emirates, calls on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to appoint a special representative for Afghanistan.

The resolution also calls on the UN to consult with the Security Council, countries in the region and around the world, Afghan political figures, the Taliban, women, and civil society activists in selecting the special representative.

The resolution also calls on other global and regional players involved in Afghanistan to cooperate in implementing the resolution.

The resolution is seen as a sign of the international community’s continued engagement with Afghanistan, even after the Taliban took control of the country in August 2021.

The appointment of a special representative for Afghanistan will be a key step in the international community’s efforts to engage with the Taliban and promote a peaceful and inclusive political settlement in the country The resolution is also seen as a response to the Taliban’s human rights record, which has been criticized by the international community. The resolution calls on the Taliban to uphold human rights, including the rights of women and girls.

The Taliban has said that it is committed to upholding human rights, but its actions have not always matched its words. The group has been accused of restricting the rights of women and girls, and of human rights abuses against its opponents.

The resolution is a reminder to the Taliban that it must meet the expectations of the international community if it wants to be recognized as a legitimate government.