In Kabul UN chief calls for peace and compassion

‹ › VIDEO: Secretary-General António Guterres urges all parties to forge a political solution to the country’s long-standing conflict. Credit: UN News “I have an enormous admiration for the courage and the resilience of the Afghan people, and they were very eloquently demonstrated in my meeting this morning,” noted the UN chief. The Secretary-General also held bilateral meetings with Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan, as well as the country’s Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah, where they discussed cooperation between the Organization and the Government of Afghanistan as well as the security situation in the country and the need to better mobilize the international community to counter terrorism. Speaking at a press conference, Mr. Guterres said he has “enormous admiration” for the courage and the resilience of the Afghan people. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi On the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, Mr. Guterres met with some of the 800,000 Afghans displaced by conflict in the last 18 months. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Mr. Guterres also met with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi The Secretary-General met in the capital with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Mr. Guterres expressed his solidarity with the displaced, and assured them of the UN’s commitment to work with the Government and people of Afghanistan to address their needs and build a sustainable and prosperous future. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi “Peace is the solution […] the international community, the neighbouring countries [and] all those related to the Afghan crisis need to come together and understand that this is a war that has no military solution,” said the Secretary-General, at a press conference in Kabul, where he arrived earlier today. “We need to have peace,” he added, underscoring that at the same time, the level of humanitarian assistance to the country had to be increased and conditions needed to be created for Afghanis to be able to live in dignity. Since his time as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015), Mr. Guterres has been paying a solidarity visit to Muslim communities during the holy month of Ramadan, and his visit to Afghanistan was a continuation of his expression of solidarity with them. While in Kabul, the UN chief met with displaced men and women from the Kapisa province, now living in a settlement on the outskirts of Kabul. In their interaction, the displaced persons underscored that security remained the prerequisite for their return to their homes and that education, including for women and girls was critical for supporting themselves and their families. They also stressed their need for medical care. Secretary-General António Guterres arrived for a one-day visit to Afghanistan to show solidarity with its people, and support for both the Afghan-led peace process and the communities most affected by conflict. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi They told him that security was the prerequisite for their return to their homes, and stressed the need for education, vocational training and medical care. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

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