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Sturdy decision on Taliban at UNSC; All eyes on China

Hectic diplomacy is underway in New York, following the fear assault on Kabul airport, to get the United Nations Safety Council (UNSC) to move a robust decision calling upon the Taliban to permit “protected” and “safe” passage to Afghan nationals with legitimate journey authorisation from overseas nations.

ET has learnt {that a} proposed draft decision, apparently backed by the US, is already into account. It additionally calls for that Afghan territory shouldn’t be used to threaten, assault, shelter or prepare terrorists. And mentions that neither will the Taliban nor another Afghan group or particular person help terrorists working from the territory of another nation.

India, which finishes its time period as UNSC president within the subsequent few days, is pushing for a means ahead as a consensus stays elusive. The transfer comes within the backdrop of the Taliban assertions that the US should go away Afghanistan by August 31, in addition to unclear statements on the liberty of motion of Afghan nationals.

All eyes, sources mentioned, are on China, which in all probability feels that final week’s UNSC press assertion that dropped the point out of Taliban, condemning the Kabul airport assault, was sufficient. Nevertheless, a remaining name is but to be made as talks are occurring inside the UN and amongst related interlocutors.

Considerably, it’s learnt that the proposed decision additionally seeks to carry the Taliban “accountable” to its public commitments on letting Afghans with correct journey paperwork and different overseas nationals go away from Kabul airport in addition to different border factors in a protected, safe and orderly vogue.

Apart from this, sources mentioned, the decision in its present kind does make it clear that UNSC will proceed to “monitor” the Taliban on respecting human rights of girls, kids and minorities. It additionally desires the Taliban to make sure the UN and its companies “protected” and “unhindered” entry to offer humanitarian help.

China, in the meantime, has labored arduous at guaranteeing that the airport assault, which was claimed by terror outfit Islamic State of Khorasan Province, shouldn’t be linked with the Taliban. To this finish, the Taliban too is steadily throwing off the veil on the type of proximity it desires to keep up with Beijing.

Taliban chief Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, whereas sending constructive indicators to nations in its neighbourhood together with India, has gone the additional mile in lauding China, saying Afghanistan had a historical past of “lengthy and sturdy friendship” with China. He went on so as to add, in response to accessible translations, that China had at all times contributed to the economic system of Afghanistan. “We need to proceed that pleasant relation with China as they’ve at all times had a constructive coverage in the direction of Afghanistan,” he was quoted.

Stanekzai, by the way, has indicated that Taliban will enable Afghan nationals with legitimate journey paperwork as soon as it will get management of the airports, which is at present underneath the cost of US authorities.

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