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UN to hold emergency meeting on Afghanistan

APTOPIX Afghanistan
Posted at 12:20 PM, Aug 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-15 15:31:00-04

The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting in Afghanistan Monday morning (10 am EDT) at the request of Estonia and Norway.

Council diplomats said Sunday that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief council members on the latest situation following the Taliban takeover of the capital, Kabul.

The U.N. chief on Friday had urged the Taliban to immediately halt their offensive in Afghanistan and negotiate “in good faith” to avert a prolonged civil war.

He also said he is “deeply disturbed by early indications that the Taliban are imposing severe restrictions in the areas under their control, particularly targeting women and journalists.