U.N. Says Taliban Promised to Protect Humanitarian Workers and Grant Access to Aid

U.N. Says Taliban Promised to Protect Humanitarian Workers and Grant Access to Aid


United Nations officials said Sunday they have obtained pledges from the Taliban to protect humanitarian aid workers operating in Afghanistan and to give relief agencies full access to Afghans in need of food, shelter, and medical treatment.

U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths met with the Taliban’s nominal leader, Mullah Baradar, and other officials of the theocratic regime in Kabul on Sunday.

Griffiths reportedly stressed international concerns for the welfare of Afghan civilians, “especially women and girls and minorities.” 

The Taliban responded by welcoming continued foreign aid and said it would assist with “cooperation and provision of needed facilities.”

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U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the Taliban promised Griffiths they would “cooperate with the humanitarian community to ensure assistance is delivered to the people of Afghanistan.”

“The authorities pledged that the safety and security of humanitarian staff, and humanitarian access to people in need, will be guaranteed

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