UNSC considering visit to Afghanistan to get up-close view of country


UNITED NATIONS Jan 12 (TNS): The UN Security Council is planning to visit Afghanistan for an update of the situation in war-torn Afghanistan, Kazakhstan’s UN Ambassador Kairat Umarov said.

He told reporters that he hopes to lead the council mission but wouldn’t discuss the timing.

US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Tuesday briefed ambassadors of the 15-member council in New York following a series of high-profile US visits to Afghanistan, including Vice President Mike Pence last month.

“We think it’s important for Security Council members to get the update of the situation from the ground,” Umarov, the council’s president for this month, said, adding that the council hasn’t been to Afghanistan for seven years and a trip would give members the opportunity to get an understanding of the country’s needs and prospects.

“We would like them to feel the situation there and work with the Afghan government on what are the needs.” “Afghanistan needs connectivity to the others in the region,” the president sad.