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United on Wanting a ‘Peaceful and Stable’ Afghanistan: UN Security Council

Both, China and Russia see the Taliban takeover as a defeat for the US and want to work with the Taliban.

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, 22 September, said that the five permanent Security Council members, which includes United States, China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom, are united on seeking a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

All five powers want "a peaceful and stable Afghanistan where humanitarian aid can be distributed without problems and without discrimination," Guterres was quoted as saying after the meeting of the foreign ministers during the annual General Assembly.

He added, they seek "an Afghanistan where the rights of women and girls are respected, an Afghanistan that is not a sanctuary for terrorism, an Afghanistan with an inclusive government representing all sections of the population," news agency AFP reported.

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Zhang Jun, China's ambassador to the UN, said that the five powers agreed on an inclusive government and added, "Unity is everywhere", AFP reported.

The Taliban took over the presidential palace in Afghanistan’s Kabul, ousting the US-backed government after a 20 years long occupation by the United States.

Both, China and Russia see the Taliban takeover as a defeat for the US and want to work with the Taliban, while Beijing seeks the unblocking of frozen Afghan assets.

However, international recognition has been held off for now as there are concerns of outside extremist groups being supported by the Taliban.

Moreover, the Taliban have requested to speak at the UN General Assembly but the United States, which sits on the credentialing committee, has made clear that no decision will be made before the summit ends early next week, AFP reported.

(With inputs from AFP)

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