Senior Taliban officials met in Kabul on Sunday with the UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, who pledged to continue helping the Afghan people, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban political bureau and other officials met Martin Griffiths as Afghanistan faces a potentially catastrophic humanitarian crisis brought on by severe drought and a collapsing economy.
“The UN delegation pledged to continue humanitarian aid to the Afghan people and said it would call for further aid to Afghanistan at the upcoming donor country meeting,” Shaheen said on Twitter.
Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest countries, has been plunged into crisis with the abrupt end of billions of dollars in foreign aid following the collapse of the Western-backed government and the Taliban’s victory last month.
Shaheen said the Taliban assured the UN delegation of “cooperation and provision of necessary facilities”.
The United Nations is expected to convene an international aid conference in Geneva on September 13 to help prevent what UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called an “imminent humanitarian catastrophe.”
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