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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Urges Countries To Unite And Act To Ensure Better Future For Afghan People

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As the humanitarian situation continues to get worsen in Afghanistan, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said countries must unite and act urgently to secure a better future for Afghan people.

UN chief delivered a message on Wednesday during a regional conference of the country’s neighbours, organized by Iran, UN New reported.

According to media reports, Foreign Ministers from Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan participated in the meeting held in Tehran, with their Russian and Chinese counterparts joining by video.

“Afghanistan is confronting an epic humanitarian crisis and is on the verge of a development catastrophe,” the UN chief said in a video message. Guterres urged countries to speak with one voice.

“We can only achieve more stability with a united approach. Together, let us act with determination – and without delay – to help the people of Afghanistan and to secure a better future for all.”

The UN chief outlined four areas for action, which he said are of regional and international concern, starting with humanitarian relief. He reported that the UN is undertaking a “massive” humanitarian operation in the country, despite enormous obstacles.

“We have been acting with the cooperation of the Taliban, who have progressively granted access to the areas requested and provided security when needed,” he said.

Moreover, Guterres thanked neighbouring nations for their assistance with moving aid workers and supplies. He also highlighted the need for continued collaboration on the issue of refugees, saying “international support to hosting countries must match the scale of needs.”

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