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Ambassador Saikal meets with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

Press Release: February 26, 2016

DSG EliassonOn March 25, H.E. Ambassador Saikal, Permanent Representative of I.R. of Afghanistan met with United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mr. Jan Eliasson. They had a productive discussion on the security, political, and economic situation of Afghanistan. Key areas of discussion included security challenges in the fight against terrorism, the peace process, regional dynamics, improving defense and security capabilities of Afghanistan, political stability, national unity government, electoral reform, fiscal deficit, poverty reduction, and employment issues. Mr. Eliasson assured that the United Nations will remain a steadfast supporter of the people of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Saikal addresses students at New York University

On Wednesday, January 27, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal was invited to address students at New York University as part of the UN Initiative on “Discussion with a Global Leader” series to celebrate the 70th session of the UNGA.

Screenshot_2016-01-28-11-53-53-1Ambassador Saikal appreciated the initiative by NYU to engage global leaders in conversations with the youth, who are at the forefront of shaping global policy in the future. He noted that this initiative also provided students with an excellent opportunity to grapple with multifaceted problems challenging global peace and unity today.

Ambassador Saikal gave the students an overview of the current situation in Afghanistan and the region. This was followed by a question and answer session on topics ranging from the ongoing resistance against extremist groups (Taliban, Haqqani network, ISIS, and others), role of the region in Afghanistan’s affairs, presence of US & NATO troops, constitutional reform, National Unity Government and political framework in the coming years, and economic issues, anti-corruption measures and the role of foreign aid. The evening provided the students with a better idea of Afghanistan and its challenges and progress, and fostered dialogue on what can be done for Afghanistan to continue on its path of transformation.

Security Council Press Statement on Terrorist Attack in Kabul

SECURITY COUNCIL
PRESS RELEASE

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Elbio Rosselli (Uruguay):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Kabul on 20 January, against a minibus transporting workers of a local media organization, for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.  The attack resulted in at least seven deaths, as well as more than 20 wounded persons.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Afghanistan, and they wished the injured a speedy recovery.

tolonews1The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the fact that this heinous crime, beyond attacking the lives of civilians, also aims at the right of all Afghans to freedom of expression.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) affiliates, illegal and armed groups to the local population, national defence and security forces, and international presence in Afghanistan.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community.