Afghan Taleban rescind ban on ICRC

KABUL (AFP) – The Afghan Taleban rescinded a months-long ban on the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) working in areas under their control yesterday and restored security guarantees for those working for the organisation.

The militants and the ICRC “consented to following the old agreement on top of new promises in humanitarian aid leading to the Islamic Emirate granting ICRC permission of resuming their activities,” said Taleban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement.

Taleban fighters were instructed to “pave the way for ICRC activities and be mindful of security to this committee’s workers and equipment,” it added.

“We welcome the acknowledgment of our humanitarian principles and renewal of security guarantees to enable us (to) work in #Afghanistan in favour of people affected by the armed conflict,” Schaerer Juan-Pedro, head of ICRC in Kabul said on Twitter.

In April the insurgents banned both the ICRC and World Health Organization (WHO) from carrying out relief activities in areas under their control and revoked security guarantees.

The Taleban did not mention the WHO in the announcement, which it said came following talks with ICRC in Doha.