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Taliban refuses to abolish restriction on women working and education

According to a news source on Wednesday, Afghanistan has rejected the call to abolish the restriction on women working and attending school.

The Taliban officials stated that meddling in Afghanistan’s domestic social affairs was demanded.

Suhail Shaheen, head of the Taliban Political Office, questioned how the Doha meeting’s conclusion could be approved or carried out without his government’s participation.

The change occurred after a two-day meeting of the United Nations Security Council Taliban sanctions committee ended in Doha, Qatar, without the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan receiving official recognition.

However, the Taliban government was not invited to this meeting, which was attended by ambassadors from over 20 different nations and international organisations.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres referred to the recently finished meeting as “important” and indicated that “another meeting will be held in the future.”

When a journalist questioned Guterres, who presided over the aforementioned conference, about the potential of ever having a direct meeting with the Taliban, he responded, “If the time is right, I will not deny the possibility.”

China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Britain, the United States, Uzbekistan, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation were among the nations that participated in the meeting.

According to Reuters, the committee had approved allowing the meeting between Pakistani and Chinese diplomats and Amir Khan Muttaqi, the foreign minister for the Taliban government.

Next Monday, Muttaqi will fly from Afghanistan to Pakistan’s neighbour for the conference.

Due to sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council, the Afghan minister has been subject to a travel ban, an arms embargo, and an asset freeze for a long time.

In a statement to the 15-member Security Council committee tasked for enforcing sanctions against the Taliban, Pakistan’s UN mission said that Muttaqi needed to travel between May 6 and May 9 “for a meeting with the foreign ministers of Pakistan and China.”

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