The ICRC president says he was well received by the Taliban. According to him, women employed by the NGO will be able to continue working
The Taliban assured the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that it could continue its activities “as before” in Afghanistan, says organization president Peter Maurer, who made a three-hour visit earlier this week. days in the country. He says he was “well received”.
The president of the ICRC notably met on Monday the man who is number two in the Taliban government, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The head of the Taliban political bureau and the “de facto” health minister were present during the meeting. “We’ll have to see how that plays out, but it was a good exit interview,” added Maurer in an interview broadcast by Le Matin Dimanche.
He also visited provincial capitals, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah, where he spoke with other Taliban delegations. “I was quite impressed with their professionalism.” They had a good knowledge of the health sector and said they wanted to find the best way to serve the population, underlines Peter Maurer.
The ICRC president assures us that the women employed by the organization can for now continue working as before. “I insisted a lot with Mullah Baradar that our employees and those of the Red Crescent can continue their missions. To a large extent, this principle is respected ”.
According to Peter Maurer, many Afghans have told him they are safer now than they were two months ago. “The violence and insecurity that lasted for many years seem to have come to an end” in Afghanistan. He notes a certain ambivalence. “The people I spoke to felt both fear and relief.”
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The ICRC has offices in Kabul, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah. He has maintained a dialogue with the Taliban “for thirty years”, specifies Peter Maurer. Its activities focus on “crucial areas” for the population, such as health, drinking water, protection services and assistance to the most vulnerable.