U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the engagement with the Taliban does not translate to their recognition, and the world body does not lobby for them. The comment came after the remarks of U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed who suggested on Monday the gathering “could find those baby steps to put us back on the pathway to recognition … of the Taliban, a principled recognition – in other words, there are conditions.”
Dujarric sought to explain Mohammed’s comments, stating the issue of recognition was “clearly in the hands of the member states” and that Mohammed was reaffirming the need for an internationally coordinated approach, and called her as “women’s rights activist.”
He said that the member states decide about Taliban’s recognition.
He said that the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres supports a flexible practical approach towards the Taliban.
Guterres will host the closed-door gathering on 1-2 May and it will feature special envoys on Afghanistan from various countries who aim to “clarify expectations” on concerns including the Taliban’s restrictions on women, according to the secretary general’s spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.
The UN officials are talking to the Taliban about the reopening of girls’ schools, amid the speculations that the UN leaves the country.