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Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis: Iranian Ambassador Calls for Unbiased Aid and the Removal of Unilateral Sanctions

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By: Momen Zellmi
Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis: Iranian Ambassador Calls for Unbiased Aid and the Removal of Unilateral Sanctions
Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

In a recent address to the UN Security Council, Iranian Ambassador, Amir Saeed Iravani, revealed the alarming reality of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. According to his report, two-thirds of the Afghan population, approximately 29.2 million people, are in dire need of assistance. This figure represents a significant increase from the 28.3 million reported earlier in the year. The situation is further exacerbated by the lack of adequate humanitarian funding, with only 27 percent of the necessary funds available for the humanitarian response plan, which requires a total of $3.23 billion.

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Call for Action

Iravani emphasized the necessity of impartial and unconditional humanitarian aid, urging the international community to lift unilateral sanctions to foster Afghanistan’s economic recovery. He asserted the moral obligation of the global community to demonstrate solidarity and compassion for the Afghan people by fulfilling its humanitarian pledges and commitments.

The Iranian ambassador stressed the importance of collective cooperation in rebuilding the Afghan economy and creating conditions conducive to the well-being of its citizens. He also highlighted the need for facilitating the safe return of Afghan refugees. The ambassador expressed concern about the potential impact of the current situation on regional security and stability, with the ongoing presence of Daesh and Al-Qaida affiliates and drug trafficking posing substantial threats.

Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan: Political Inclusion and Human Rights

Iravani also pointed out the lack of progress by the de facto authorities in Afghanistan in achieving ethnic and political inclusion. He noted their continued restrictions on women and girls, particularly limiting their access to education. He called for the establishment of an inclusive government as a crucial step towards the safe return of Afghan refugees. The ambassador expressed concern about measures taken by the de facto authorities to undermine Afghans’ cultural, linguistic, and historical ties to the Farsi language, indicating that these actions violate basic human rights and threaten Afghanistan’s stability and security.

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Iran remains committed to promoting enduring peace, security, and stability in Afghanistan, in close collaboration with neighboring countries, relevant partners, and the UN. This includes the delivery of humanitarian aid through a new distribution route utilizing Iran’s Chabahar port. Despite the Taliban’s failure to meet their commitments, Iravani advocates for continued constructive engagement with the de facto authorities, and active support for regional initiatives aimed at fostering dialogue with Afghanistan.

In conclusion, Iran reaffirms its support for UN efforts, particularly those of UNAMA, in pursuing peace and stability in Afghanistan. This support becomes even more critical given the current circumstances in the country. The international community, including Iran, is called to act swiftly and effectively to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and ensure the protection of human rights, particularly those of women and children.

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