The Security Council chamber is seen from behind the Council President's chair at the United Nations headquarters in New York City September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files
CAIRO – 15 January 2018: The Ambassadors of the UN Security Council members, including the U.S. ambassador Nicky Haley, held talks with the Afghan leaders during a three-day visit that ended on Monday; the first visit since 2010, according to Reuters.
The visit comes as an effort to prevent Taliban rebels and the Islamic terrorist group (IS) from expanding their areas of control.
According to a statement issued by the United Nations Mission, the talks focused on the political, security, economic, social and human rights in Afghanistan.
The mission also said that the UN Security Council members wanted to evaluate the progress made by the Afghanistan government with the international community’s help to address terrorism in the country.
The mission pointed out that the Afghan government needs more international and regional cooperation in the security fields.
Afghan President, Ashraf Ghaniin described the talks as “constructive” and asserted the need to exert more pressure on Pakistan to stabilize Afghanistan. Pakistan has been criticized before by U.S. officials over their alleged support of some terrorist group such as the Taliban.
In January, the U.S. administration announced a freeze on military assistance of up to two billion dollars worth of equipment and funding to Pakistan. The Security Council called on Afghanistan to hold "fair" and "timely" legislative and presidential elections.
There have been several visits to Afghanistan from high figures such as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who visited the country on December and call for the prevention of Taliban rebels and the Islamic state from expanding their areas of control.