Troika Participants Insist on Inclusive Govt, Women’s Rights

Troika Plus meeting participants called for continued engagement with Islamic Emirate for stability in Afghanistan.

Participants of the Troika Plus meeting on Afghanistan that was held in Islamabad on Friday and attended by representatives from Pakistan, China, Russia and the United States discussed the latest situation in Afghanistan.

In a joint statement at the conclusion of the meeting, the participants called on the Islamic Emirate to work toward forming an inclusive government that would grant equal rights to all, especially to women and girls, to participate in all affairs of the society.

According to the joint statement, the participants “called on the Taliban to work with fellow Afghans to take steps to form an inclusive and representative government that respects the rights of all Afghans and provides for the equal rights of women and girls to participate in all aspects of Afghan society.”

The participants also discussed the economic situation of Afghanistan and reiterated their support for the people of Afghanistan. They also recalled the relevant Afghan-related UNSC resolutions “including respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan that is free of terrorism and drug-related crime, and that contributes to regional stability and connectivity,” the statement reads.

The participants welcomed the Islamic Emirate’s move to allow for the safe passage of all who wish to travel to and from Afghanistan, expressing that with the onset of winter, arrangements should be made to “establish airports countrywide that can accept commercial air traffic, which are essential to enable the uninterrupted flow of humanitarian assistance.”

Participants at the meeting agreed for continued engagement with the Islamic Emirate to “encourage the implementation of moderate and prudent policies” that can help in achieving a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

The participants “called on the Taliban to ensure unhindered humanitarian access, including by women aid workers, for the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan to respond to the developing crisis,” the statement reads.

Officials at the meeting also acknowledged the international humanitarian organizations’ concerns regarding economic challenges in the country and “committed to continue focusing on measures to ease access to legitimate banking services” to help Afghanistan’s economy.

According to the joint statement released by the US State Department, the meeting participants also met with the Islamic Emirate senior officials at the sideline of the meeting. A delegation of the Islamic Emirate led by Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan is in Pakistan for a three-day visit.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with the Amir Khan Muttaqi in Islamabad and discussed bilateral ties, Pakistan foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, working groups on trade, transit and commerce, finance and aviation of the two countries met under the chairmanship of Qureshi and Muttaqi and discussed expansion of trade and transit as well as strengthening bilateral relations.

Troika Participants Insist on Inclusive Govt, Women’s Rights