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Newsline: US to appoint two female diplomats to represent Washington in Kabul

The worsening situation in reference to the rights for women in Afghanistan under the armed Taliban rule has prompted United States President Joe Biden’s administration to appoint two senior female diplomats to represent Washington in Kabul. The State Department in a statement said that Special Envoy Rina Amiri and Senior Advisor Stephenie Foster “bring decades of public policy, diplomatic, and advocacy experience to the Department”. While, Amiri had previously served as a US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan during former President Barack Obama’s administration, Foster has earlier worked for the State Department. “I welcome Rina Amiri back to the Department as the Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights, with her breadth and depth of expertise and strong track record advising governments, the US, peacebuilding organisations, and think tanks,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken was quoted as saying in the release. “We desire a peaceful, stable, and secure Afghanistan, where all Afghans can live and thrive in political, economic, and social inclusivity. Special Envoy Amiri will work closely with me toward that goal,” he added. Regarding Foster, the Secretary of State said her “diverse public and private sector experiences, including at the Department, and her passion for advancing women and girls’ safety and equality will help advance around-the-clock relocation and resettlement efforts on behalf of our Afghan allies and their families”. (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/us-to-appoint-two-female-diplomats-to-represent-washington-in-kabul/ar-AASh2F1) Afghanistan is currently in the midst of severe economic and humanitarian challenges which have further deteriorated since the fall of the country to the Taliban on August 15.

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