KABUL: The United Nations will continue its diplomatic and humanitarian role in Afghanistan regardless of foreign troops’ withdrawal from the country, a spokesman of the organization said.
In response to concerns about the UN mission’s future, UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric said it was “clear and evident” that the troops’ withdrawal “would have an effect on the country as a whole,” adding, “We will continue to review the situation and our work in Afghanistan will continue.”
“The UN has long been present in Afghanistan on the humanitarian-development end, and we will continue to be there to support the Afghan people,” Dujarric said.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is a small diplomatic operation with around 1,200 personnel with most of them Afghans.
Deborah Lyons, the head of UNAMA, and veteran French diplomat Jean Arnault, who was assigned in March to assist in the achievement of a diplomatic solution to the crisis, are the two UN envoys in Afghanistan.
U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan by September 11.