State Dept Wants ‘Action’ Not ‘Rhetoric’ on Afghan Schools

  • Date of Publication : 21/05/2022 at 14:41 GMT
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The United States Department of State again criticized what it called the ban on schools for girls over sixth grade in Afghanistan.

Following an interview with Sirajuddin Haqqani, acting minister of Interior, on CNN which focused on reopening girls’ schools above the sixth grade and not recognizing the United States as an enemy, the US State Department spokesperson, Ned Price said that Kabul has not fulfilled what it promised.

“We have heard these types of comments before, what we care much more about rather than rhetoric is action and we await Taliban acting on these positive signals and reopening schools at all levels across the country which itself would be a welcome development,” Price said.

In the meantime, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said it considers the right to education for girls and women’s rights in the country to be important and it urges the Islamic Emirate to abide by its commitments, especially regarding the right to education of girls and women’s rights.

“We conveyed to the new regime in Afghanistan that they live up to the international commitments, now whether that is their international commitments to the right to girls’ education and allowing the women’s rights in Afghanistan within that context or it is their international commitments to not allow their soil to be used for terrorist activity,” said Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

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