On January 30-31, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West visited Pakistan and met with top authorities, including army head General Syed Asim Munir, to address terrorism and Afghan Taliban’s prohibition on females’ education.
1/6 Appreciated Pakistan’s hospitality over two days of productive meetings re Afghanistan. Conveyed my profound condolences for the loss of so many innocent lives in Peshawar after the horrific terrorist attack there. We stand with Pakistan in condemning this senseless assault.— U.S. Special Representative Thomas West (@US4AfghanPeace) January 31, 2023
On Tuesday, the US envoy thanked Pakistan for its hospitality during two days of productive Afghanistan negotiations in a tweet from his official account.
West stated that he met with General Asim Munir, Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq, and Foreign Secretary Asad Majeed Khan.
2/6 Discussed with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir, @AmbassadorSadiq & @asadmk17 the terrorism & security situations, need for int’l unity, & dangerous impact of Taliban edicts on millions of Afghans’ access to vital aid & education.— U.S. Special Representative Thomas West (@US4AfghanPeace) January 31, 2023
During the sessions, the envoy claimed they discussed terrorism and security circumstances, “need for international solidarity, and the harmful impact of Taliban edicts on millions of Afghans’ access to crucial aid and education“.
The US envoy also requested support for the UN’s critical efforts and implementers in reversing the de facto rulers’ prohibition on women humanitarian workers and female education.
US @US4AfghanPeace Thomas West called on Foreign Secretary Asad M. Khan, today. Views on the regional situation were exchanged during the meeting. FS @asadmk17 reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and interconnected region. pic.twitter.com/OhkqnFeWJi— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) January 30, 2023
“I met brave Afghan women and heard essential demands and observations: women-headed households in Afghanistan are suffering, and the international community must prioritize their needs,” he continued.
The US point person for Afghanistan said women and girls confined to home are enduring significant mental and psychological stressors,
“without an opportunity to roam freely, get educated”.