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UN special envoy speaks at JMI lecture on Afghanistan

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Lakhdar Brahimi, a special envoy for both the United Nations and the Arab League, in New York, on September 1, 2012. Brahimi spoke at a JMI lecture on Afghanistan on Sunday. (Photo: New York Times)
AMMAN — The Jordan Media Institute (JMI) on Sunday conducted a lecture on the situation in Afghanistan, in which veteran diplomat and Special Envoy of the United Nations to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi spoke via Zoom.اضافة اعلان

The chairman of the institute’s board of directors Radi Al-Khas, the Dean of the Jordan Media Institute, Abdul Hakim Al-Hosban, and a group of faculty members and students also attended.

Hosban began by introducing Brahimi, who became a member of the National Liberation Front in Algiers at the age of 22, before serving as a diplomat.

Brahimi said: "Afghanistan is a difficult, remote, and isolated country bordered by six countries, and people talk about this country as if it is primitive country, but it is a country that has changed a lot. In the late 90s until the beginning of the 2000, the population rose from 20 million to 40 million, and the features of the country were changed."

Brahimi warned against the misinformation about Afghanistan.

There is confusion when people think that the Taliban movement attacked the United States and defeated it militarily, but what happened is that the United States went to Afghanistan in 2001 to avenge an attack carried out by Al-Qaeda, and if the movement had handed over or removed bin Laden from the country, the United States would not have entered the country, but the Taliban did not respond to this requirement, Brahimi said.

The diplomat added that there is internal division within the Taliban movement between those who want to keep pace with the changes in the country and those that want to return to a previous version of the Taliban.

He also stressed that the people in Afghanistan are suffering from hunger and need food assistance, especially with the drought that has engulfed the country this year.

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