UN envoy for Afghanistan meets Taliban leader

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-04 03:15:13|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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UNITED NATIONS, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The UN envoy for Afghanistan met last month with Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar Akhund and the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, Qatar, said a spokesman.

"I can confirm to you that Tadamichi Yamamoto, the (UN) secretary-general's special representative, had met in late April with Mullah Baradar Akhund and the Taliban negotiating team in Doha," Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, told reporters.

The meeting was part of a regular dialogue between the United Nations and the Taliban on human rights, humanitarian assistance, and the peace process, he explained. "The UN mission conducts frequent meetings with all parties to the conflict as part of its good offices work to support the Afghan people and government to bring an end to the war."

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, which is led by Yamamoto, has been engaged in regular meetings with the Taliban in Doha in the past several years, said Dujarric.

The UN mission advises all parties to the conflict of its regular contacts with the Taliban in key areas, he said.