Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart have reaffirmed their steadfast commitment to providing humanitarian aid to Afghans, despite the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. “Leaders reiterated their firm commitment to provide humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people, in view of the deteriorating humanitarian situation, and also reaffirmed calls on those in positions of power throughout Afghanistan to adhere to counter-terrorism commitments and human rights, in accordance with 2593,” according to a joint statement released after the India-Australia virtual summit on Tuesday.
Last year, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2593 was passed, which mandates that Afghan territory not be used for terrorist sanctuary, training, or financing, and asks for coordinated action against all terrorist groups. The two leaders also reiterated their call for the protection of women’s and girls’ rights, as well as their full involvement in public life, in their joint statement. “They agreed that long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan require a broad-based and inclusive government,” according to the statement.
This joint statement follows the UN Special Political Mission in the country’s mandate being renewed, with a focus on priorities ranging from humanitarian relief coordination to human rights monitoring and dialogue facilitation.
The adopted agreement extends the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year, but with a shift in priority tasks. Seven months after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the mission’s priority has shifted to managing humanitarian aid, providing outreach and good offices for dialogue, and promoting good governance and the rule of law. Members also urged Afghan political actors and stakeholders – including competent authorities as needed – to work with UNAMA to carry out its mandate and ensure the safety, security, and freedom of movement of its personnel.