The Australian Foreign Minister says he is concerned about the continuing violence, killing, and torture of civilians, particularly the suffering of women and girls by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a press release on Thursday (7/29/2021) that Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne had a telephone conversation with Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar. It said: “Continued violence, killing, and torture of civilians, especially torture.” “Women and girls are a source of concern to the Taliban in Afghanistan. We urge the Taliban to live up to their commitments to achieve peace.”
The statement added that Ms. Payne stressed that her country is a strong supporter of a just, lasting and dignified peace in Afghanistan and that Sedani has always emphasized the importance of peace talks in Afghanistan.
Mohammad Hanif Atmar appreciates Australia’s two decades of cooperation in various areas of security, development, and human rights, and the expansion of relations to preserve the shared values and interests between the two countries; Especially important in the current situation in Afghanistan, which is facing a crisis of war, drought, food insecurity and Covid 19.
According to the State Department newsletter, the two sides also agreed to work together on practical measures, including the resumption of a permanent diplomatic presence in Kabul, the prosecution of war crimes, and several Australian special forces in Afghanistan. In addition, the renewal of the Two-Day Partnership Agreement and the signing of the Development Assistance Memorandum for 2021 to 2024 were among the issues on which the two sides agreed to work together.
Australia has expressed concern over the killing and torture of civilians by the Taliban, who have stepped up their attacks across the country in recent months. On the other hand, the group has been able to bring down 100 districts in the last two and a half months.
In a number of these districts, the Taliban reportedly tortured and shot civilians. Earlier, the Afghan government announced that the group had shot dead more than 100 Kandahar’s Boldak district residents in Spin district. According to the Afghan government, the Taliban have also shot dead civilians in Ghazni’s Malistan district.