The US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West, emphasizing support for Afghan women, told TOLOnews that the issue of women’s and girls’ education and their active presence in society is not a foreign demand but a demand of the Afghan people.

In an interview with TOLOnews’ special correspondent in Qatar, Thomas West highlighted the significant role of women and girls in Afghanistan.

The US special envoy for Afghanistan told TOLOnews: “For the economy to grow, one of my conclusions is that access to markets and access to capital must improve. Women and girls must be allowed to have a proper education at all levels so that they can join the workforce. This is an Afghan demand not a foreign demand, and we support it.”

Rina Amiri, United States Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls and Human Rights, has called on the Islamic Emirate to open schools for girls above sixth grade and also pledged that the world stands by Afghan women and girls and will continue to support them.

The US Special Envoy for Afghan Women said: “As long as Afghan women and girls are not educated, Afghanistan will have a very dark future. As long as Afghan women and girls do not have facilities, Afghanistan will remain in a state of war and a dark future.”

Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate has once again emphasized that the issue of women and girls in Afghanistan is a domestic matter and countries should not interfere.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate, said: “We tell the countries that the issues of individuals and women in Afghanistan are the issues of Afghanistan itself. We are trying to find a solution here. This should not be a means of political pressure for countries and should not be used as an excuse.”

This is while Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, also said at the third Doha meeting that the issue of human rights and girls’ education in Afghanistan is not just an internal issue, as Afghanistan has international commitments in this regard.

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