United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the 15-Nation body has adopted a strong resolution on Afghanistan under India’s Presidency.
- The resolution was put forward by the US, the UK, and France. The permanent members of the UNSC, Russia and China abstained from the voting.
- The resolution demands not to use Afghan territory to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or to finance terrorist acts.
- It reiterates the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan, including those individuals and entities designated pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999), and notes the Taliban’s relevant commitments.
Note – On August 01, 2021, India, the non-permanent member of the UNSC, took over the presidency of the UNSC from France for the month of August 2021.
PM Narendra Modi Constitutes High-level Group to Monitor Situation in Afghanistan
Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has constituted a high-level group comprising External Affairs Minister (EAM) Jaishankar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval & Other Senior officials to monitor the ground situation in Afghanistan with a focus on India’s Immediate priorities.
- The group has been meeting regularly for the last few days by focusing on the issues such as safe return of stranded Indians, the travel of Afghan Minority nationals to India & assuring that the territory is not used for terrorism against India.
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About United Nations Security Council (UNSC):
UNSC is the only U.N. body that can make legally binding decisions like imposing sanctions and authorizing the use of force.
Establishment – 1945
Headquarters – New York, United States of America
Presidency – August 2021 – India; September 2021- Ireland