UN chief ready to talk to Taliban

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said he was ready to speak with the Taliban himself “when it is clear with whom should I speak, for what purpose.” For now, U.N. officials in Kabul have been in close contact with the Taliban, he added.

Guterres said the Taliban’s desire for international recognition is the Security Council’s only leverage to press for inclusive government and respect for rights, particularly for women, in Afghanistan.

Source(s): Reuters