Even though the US and NATO troops will leave the country this year, the United Nations has said that it will continue to maintain its political and humanitarian mission to Afghanistan after their departure.
Stephane Dujarric, spokesman to the UN secretary-general, said it was “clear and obvious” that the troops’ departure “will have an impact on the country as a whole,” in response to questions about the mission’s future.
“We will continue to study the situation, but our work in Afghanistan will continue,” he said.
“The UN has been present on the humanitarian-development end in Afghanistan for a long, long time, and we will continue to be there to help the Afghan people,” he said, adding that the organization would “adapt to the situation on the ground.”
On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden announced the unconditional withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, naming September 11 as the deadline by which the last soldiers will have finally departed. The pullout will begin on May 1.