Afrin, a semi-autonomous region in northwestern Afghanistan, has announced the participation of a senior UN official as part of a mission to the region.
Afrin Regional Security Council Secretary-General and Afghanistan Minister of Interior Mohammed Abdullah was named as the head of the delegation to the Afrin Region.
“Afrin Region is excited about the participation in this mission of the UN secretary-general, Mohammed Abdullah,” Abdullah said in a statement.
Afrins Minister of Security Mohammad Wali Khan also congratulated Abdullah on the mission.
“Afrin’s government has already received the delegation, and we hope they can further the positive and fruitful cooperation between the two sides in the region,” he said.
The delegation will also meet the head authorities of Afrin and the Taliban, and visit a number of sites including the provincial headquarters and military headquarters.
Africa is a crucial region for Afghanistan.
The Afrin is a mountainous region of some 10 million people, with its capital, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in the east.
Afghanistan has long been divided into two zones, the northwest and the east, with the former mainly controlled by the Taliban and the latter largely governed by the government of President Ashraf Ghani.
Afraid that the Taliban would seize control of the region and its infrastructure, the Afghan government has been working with the United Nations and other international organizations to combat terrorism in the area.