Resolutions Concerning Multidimensional Impact of Covid-19 on African Countries, Pushing Back Session Closing Date, among Texts Adopted by General Assembly

9 Sep

The General Assembly adopted six texts today, the first postponing the closing date of its seventy-fifth session to 14 September 2021, with others more broadly addressing issues in Africa and the Caribbean, and deciding that the United Nations Ocean Conference co-hosted by Kenya and Portugal will take place in Lisbon from 27 June to 1 July 2022.

Millions of Lives Will Depend on How Afghanistan’s New Interim Government Chooses to Govern, Special Representative Tells Security Council

9 Sep

The newly formed interim government in Afghanistan includes neither women nor minority leaders, but contains many figures who are on the United Nations Sanctions List, speakers in the Security Council told said today, urging the now‑ruling Taliban to live up to their promises and establish a more inclusive and representative administration.

Security Council Stresses Need for Strategic Planning in Reconfiguration of Peace Operations, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2594 (2021)

9 Sep

The Security Council emphasized today the need to incorporate strategic planning for the eventual reconfiguration of peace operations into the “earliest possible stages” of their life cycle, as well as in their engagement with national actors and other stakeholders, as it adopted its first-ever stand-alone resolution on the transition that follows deployment of United Nations peacekeeping missions.

Secretary-General Salutes Dag Hammarskjöld’s Devotion to Duty, as General Assembly Marks Sixtieth Anniversary of Former United Nations Chief’s Death

9 Sep

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the informal commemorative event of the General Assembly to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the death of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, today:

Secretary Blinken Travels to Germany

8 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

We are working with our allies and partners to maximize evacuations out of Afghanistan, and we deeply appreciate Germany’s assistance and the incredible efforts taking place at @RamsteinAirBase to assist those seeking refuge.

—Secretary Antony J. Blinken, August 23, 2021

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken traveled to the Federal Republic of Germany on September 8, 2021, to visit Ramstein Air Base and observe ongoing operations there.  Secretary Blinken met with German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas to express gratitude to Germany for being an unwavering partner in Afghanistan for the past 20 years and for its cooperation in relocating individuals from Afghanistan.

The United States and Germany: United in Common Purpose 

  • The United States and Germany enjoy a close relationship and Alliance, built on mutual commitments to democracy, freedom, trade, rule of law, security, and prosperity.  The United States and Germany cooperate through several multilateral institutions, including NATO, the G7, the OSCE, and the UN, as well as through our U.S.-EU partnership, to advance security, democratic values, and the rule of law globally.
  • As engaged and dedicated NATO Allies, American and German servicemembers have proudly served side by side in Afghanistan and our two countries remain committed to close Transatlantic defense cooperation.  Joint training and capacity building exercises are regularly performed at U.S. military installations in Germany.  Germany was a Resolute Support Framework Nation and had the second largest military contingent in Afghanistan after the United States.

U.S. Appreciation for Germany’s Steadfast Cooperation

  • The United States deeply appreciates Germany’s cooperation in assisting with the airlift of people wishing to leave Afghanistan, including American citizens and at-risk Afghans seeking refuge.
  • We are grateful for the use of facilities like Ramstein Air Base in the massive effort to help relocate these vulnerable people, and are committed to ensuring these individuals, who have endured hardship and difficulty, reach safety at their onward destinations in the United States and other locations.
  • Already, more than 30,000 people are transiting through Ramstein on their way to start new lives in the United States and elsewhere.  This extraordinary and historic humanitarian act will never be forgotten.

Meet The New Afghanistan Government, It’s Filled With Radical Islamic Terrorists

8 Sep

President Biden and his Administration continue to showcase their weak and failed leadership when it comes to Afghanistan. They are now refusing to condemn Afghanistan’s new government, which is filled with radical Islamic terrorists.

Just days before the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Taliban announced that Sirajuddin Haqqani would be Afghanistan’s first minister of interior. This is nothing short of a slap in the face to the United States and our allies.

Haqqani is a U.S.-designated terrorist with close ties to al Qaeda, the group responsible for the 9/11 attacks that killed thousands of Americans. Unfortunately, Haqqani isn’t the only radical Islamic terrorist in Afghanistan’s new government.

MEET THE NEW AFGHANISTAN GOVERNMENT:

  • Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the Taliban’s founders who is on a United Nations Security Council sanctions list, was named prime minister.

  • Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the Haqqani Network — a US-designated terror group in Pakistan and Afghanistan with close ties to al-Qaida — was named interior minister. He is currently on the FBI’s most-wanted list, and there is a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head.

    • The FBI’s most-wanted list says Haqqani is wanted for “questioning in connection with the January 2008 attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed six people, including an American citizen.”

  • Four of the Guantanamo detainees whom former President Obama released in exchange for former U.S. Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl in 2014 now hold senior positions in Afghanistan’s government: Khairullah Khairkhwa, Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, and Mohammad Fazl.

    • On Tuesday, the Taliban announced that Khairkhwa would serve as acting minister for information and culture, Noori would serve as acting minister of borders and tribal affairs, Wasiq would serve as acting director of intelligence, and Fazl would serve as deputy defense minister.

    • Wasiq will reprise his role as the Taliban’s intelligence director, previously serving in the role prior to 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.

    • Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), has noted that Fazl will also return to his role as deputy defense minister, stating, “U.S. officials found that Fazl worked with senior al Qaeda personnel, including Abdel Hadi al Iraqi, one of Osama bin Laden’s chief lieutenants.”

  • Despite the growing list of radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan’s new government, President Biden and his Administration have refused to condemn them.

    • When asked what makes the Biden Administration think the Taliban has somehow changed? National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, “Well, it’s hard to put a label on it…In part because we have yet to see what they are going to be now that they’re in control.”

    • Other U.S. officials shockingly raised the possibility of coordinating with the Taliban to conduct counterterrorism strikes against ISIS-K.

It’s simple: The Biden administration must take immediate action and denounce the appointment of Sirajuddin Haqqani, refuse to recognize the new Taliban government, and prohibit aid to the Taliban from the U.S. or international financial organizations.

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