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The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting on Afghanistan on Monday (file)

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The UN called on the Taliban on Sunday to exercise restraint, and in particular to protect the rights of women and girls, after the militants invaded Kabul and consolidated their influence in the country.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “calls on the Taliban and all other parties to exercise extreme restraint in order to protect lives and ensure that humanitarian needs can be met,” said a UN statement.

He was “particularly concerned about the future of women and girls, whose hard-won rights must be protected,” the statement said.

The United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting on Afghanistan on Monday.

The meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. (1400 GMT) in New York, according to the Security Council’s schedule.

Guterres is to report on the situation in Afghanistan at the meeting called for by Estonia and Norway, said the delegations of the two non-permanent members of the Security Council.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani admitted on Sunday that hours after fleeing his country, the Taliban had “won” to “prevent a blood flood”.

The Taliban quickly retook Afghanistan 20 years after the US invasion and took control of Kabul on Sunday, more than two weeks before President Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline to complete the withdrawal of American troops from the country.

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