The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has been extended by six months. The fifteen members of the UN Security Council have decided that unanimously.
The political mission called UNAMA was decided in 2002, a year after the previous Taliban regime left. The mission is to help the Afghan government and people build a foundation for peace and development.
The Security Council has asked UN chief António Guterres to report by the end of January on “strategic and operational recommendations” about the mission in light of recent political, social and security developments.
Countries on the council, including the US, China and Russia, are calling on the Taliban to form an “inclusive” government that reflects the people. The fundamentalist movement has so far only appointed Taliban members to government posts and has not appointed women.