New York

17 February 2020

​Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Afghanistan

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has been following closely the talks between the United States and the Taliban about a significant reduction of violence in Afghanistan aimed at opening the way for intra-Afghan peace negotiations. During his visit to Islamabad, he expressed his sincere wishes that such talks are successful and lead to an Afghan-led peace process. He reiterated the United Nations’ readiness to provide any assistance that the parties may require.