The future appears uncertain for Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban as US-led forces withdrew from the country after 20 years of occupation. As other nations continue to evacuate their citizens, the Central Asian country has been struck by political and humanitarian crises.
UN Security Council Holds Meeting on Afghanistan
UN Chief Antonio Guterres believes it is up to the Security Council to consider whether a UN roadmap needs to be developed in order to waive some of the existing sanctions against the Taliban*.
Sputnik is live from New York as members of the UN Security Council are holding a meeting on the situation in Afghanistan, earlier mired in a nearly 20-year war until the Taliban regained control over the nation following the US withdrawal.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier said in an interview with Sputnik that the organisation needed to create the conditions to allow some sanctions waivers for the Taliban for the effective distribution of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.
The 76th session of the UN General Assembly opened on 14 September. Over 80 world leaders have travelled to New York City to participate in person despite the global spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19
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*The Taliban is a terrorist orgaisation banned in Russia and many other countries.