Pakistan's ISI chief on Saturday hosted a key security meeting of intelligence heads of regional countries, including China, on the evolving situation in Afghanistan, according to media reports.
Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, the Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), discussed the issue of Afghanistan with intelligence heads of China, Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan here, The Express Tribune reported.
Although there was no official confirmation from any side, sources confirmed that the Director-General of ISI discussed the situation in Afghanistan and how to cooperate for ensuring peace and stability.
Meanwhile, the Taliban flag waved over the Afghan presidential palace the same day the U.S. and the world marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, The Associated Press reported.
The milestone anniversary Saturday takes place just weeks after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return to power of the Taliban, the faction that sheltered the Muslim militant group founded by Osama bin Laden that carried out the attacks.
The Taliban flag was raised Friday and could be seen waving over the presidential palace in Kabul on Saturday. The militant group also painted their white backdrop flag on the wall of the U.S. Embassy building. The U.S. is set to mark the 9/11 anniversary with commemorations at New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the international communities to join him on Monday, Sept. 13 to express solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and pledge tangible support to address their humanitarian needs, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said.
Recent developments have increased Afghans’ vulnerabilities and a severe drought is ruining the upcoming harvest, UNAMA said, adding that Afghans urgently need food, medicine, health services, safe water and protection.
The United Arab Emirates has set up an air bridge to deliver tons of aid to Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, a Kabul airport operations manager told AFP on Saturday. The wealthy UAE, a close US ally, is one of a number of Gulf states that have been key staging posts for evacuation flights for foreigners and Afghans, alongside Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.
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