Guterres warns of terrorism in Afghanistan

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has lauded the “spirit and tenacity” shown by the Afghans to protect their rights.PHOTO|FILE.

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned of the effects of terrorism in Afghanistan, blaming it on a power vacuum.

Guterres who spoke at the Munich Security conference said terrorists were exploiting power vacuums and subverting fragile states.

“The risks of terrorism spillover out of Afghanistan, as well as the alarming spread of terrorism in some African countries, show how adept terrorists are at exploiting power vacuums and subverting fragile states,” he said.

However, the Islamic Emirate has repeatedly denied the presence of foreign terrorist groups in Afghanistan.

The UN chief earlier warned that terrorism remains a constant threat, not only to the security of the region but to the entire world.

“Without determined action, the severe economic contraction, rising unemployment, and escalating humanitarian crisis will fuel despair and breed extremism,” Guterres said.


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