UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called on countries around the world to engage with the interim Taliban government in Afghanistan or risk a “humanitarian crisis” resulting from the collapse of the state.
His comments in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Friday followed a visit to Afghanistan this week and two days of talks with Pakistani leaders.
The UN refugee chief said that while humanitarian aid had been pledged to address immediate food and other shortages, the Afghan government’s frozen assets issue that led to the non-functioning of state institutions was a major concern.
“Because of the situation in Afghanistan, the decline of public services such as health or education, if the state ceases to function, then this will provoke a crisis that is much bigger than humanitarian,” he said.
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