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Taliban victory in Afghanistan will boost other groups in other parts of the world: Guterres

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(Yoshita Singh) United Nations, Sep 11 (PTI) Expressing concern over global terrorism, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that a Taliban victory in Afghanistan could boost the spirits of other groups in different parts of the world. He said that the United Nations wants Afghanistan to play a positive role in international relations, for which dialogue with the Taliban is very important. Taliban members took control of Afghanistan in August and forced the previous government backed by Western countries to be ousted from power. Guterres on Friday at the United Nations Headquarters

(Yoshita Singh) United Nations, Sep 11 (PTI) Expressing concern over global terrorism, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that a Taliban victory in Afghanistan could raise the spirits of other groups in different parts of the world. He said that the United Nations wants Afghanistan to play a positive role in international relations, for which dialogue with the Taliban is very important.

Taliban members took control of Afghanistan in August and forced the previous government backed by Western countries to be ousted from power.

“I am deeply concerned by what we are seeing in different parts of the world,” Guterres told a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday. The victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan could raise the spirits of other groups in different parts of the world, even though those groups are different from the Taliban and I do not see any similarities between them.

He said that in this context he is very concerned about scenarios like the Sahel where “we don’t have an effective security system today to deal with the challenge of terrorism” and therefore the grip of terrorists is getting stronger and the current situation will help them. Your spirits will be high. The same can be said of other parts of the world. The Sahel is a region of Africa.

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Guterres said, “If there is a group, albeit a small group, that has been radicalized and is ready to die under any circumstances, that considers death a good thing, if such a group decides to attack a country.” So we see that even the armies become unable to face them and leave the field. The Afghan army disappeared in seven days.

The UN chief said, “I am very concerned about terrorism. I am deeply concerned that many countries are not prepared to fight this. And we need stronger unity and solidarity among countries in the fight against terrorism.

Martin Griffiths, the head of the United Nations Humanitarian Agency, met with Taliban leaders. Against this background, Guterres said, “He is the first leader in the world of his level to go to Kabul to talk to the Taliban leadership. We are maintaining a permanent dialogue with the Taliban and we believe that dialogue with the Taliban is absolutely necessary at this time.

He said that Afghanistan should not be allowed to become a haven for terrorism anymore.

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