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Cross-border terror needs effective response: Rabbani

Cross-border terror needs effective response: Rabbani

Sep 21, 2017 - 14:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Acting Afghan foreign minister, addressing the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting, has stressed eradication of terrorism, poverty and resolving the global migrationinfo-icon crisis.

Salahuddin Rabbani also asked NAM member countries to support Afghanistaninfo-icon’s nomination for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) between 2018 and 2020.

He said nomination of the country to the UNHRC was reflective of Afghanistan’s commitment the to human rights agenda.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) quoted Rabbani as telling the NAM meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly that the best way to curb terrorist groups was to treat them without distinction.

“Terrorist networks should be not be provided with resources, safe havens and financial support by government and non-governmental organs to prevent them from targeting nations like Afghanistan,” he said.

He said the NAM meeting was an opportunity for utilisation of the current global environmentinfo-icon for dealing with common challenges.

“It is clear that common global problems could be resolved only through cooperation based on discussions, consensus and joint solutions with tangible results,” he said.

Last year's stepped-up terrorist attacks in Afghanistan intentionally targeted civilians, he alleged, saying enemies tried to create tribal divisions among the people but the Afghan forces strongly resisted them.

As peace and prosperity were interconnected, sustainable development also had huge importance in the heart of Asia, Rabbani remarked.

Extremism, poverty and migration are challenges that had been increased, he added. “NAM, in partnership with other organisations, should evolve consensus on addressing these problems,” he said.

Rabbani said intensifying cross-border terrorism needed an effective global response and coordination on its eradication.

“As members of NAM, we need to boost our cooperation on implementing UN’s strategy for combating global terrorism,” the minister stressed.

“In this part, I want to draw attention of NAM members to Afghanistan's nomination for UNHRC from 2018 to 2020…

"Our nomination for this position reflects our commitment to the advancement of human rights agenda in Afghanistan and the worldinfo-icon,” he observed.



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