Afghan Foreign Minister: Taliban May Land Afghanistan In A Humanitarian Crisis

A global humanitarian catastrophe threatens Afghanistan, and the Taliban administration is to blame for this, stated Foreign Minister of the Islamic State of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah in a RIA Novosti interview. "The way the Taliban ignore international norms and violate human rights is outrageous," said the minister, who is currently in Dushanbe attending the eleventh conference of the Council of Ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organisation. "For instance, women are not allowed to work. This is one of the reasons why Afghanistan's living standard is so low." Another reason, according to Dr. Abdullah, lies in the clan policy of the Taliban leadership, who oust non-Pashto nationalities -- Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Hazaras -- out of their permanent places of residence and into other areas of Afghanistan, thus increasing the flow of internal migrants who are badly in need of humanitarian aid. The drought that struck almost the entire Afghan territory this year, too, adds to the country's miserable situation. In conclusion, the Afghan foreign minister urged the world community to help prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and lend a helping hand to the country's population.

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