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Meeting of Security Council on sidelines of UNGA saw US call upon other members

The US, the UK, France, China and Russia - known as P5 - are the five permanent and veto-wielding members of the 15-nation powerful UN organ.
The UN Security Council (top) holds a meeting on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly.
Published on Sep 24, 2021 04:27 AM IST
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The US has called on fellow permanent members of the UN Security Council to remain “united” on Afghanistan, to hold the Taliban accountable, and to work together to ensure humanitarian access in the war-torn country.

The US, the UK, France, China and Russia - known as P5 - are the five permanent and veto-wielding members of the 15-nation powerful UN organ.

UK foreign secretary Liz Truss chaired a meeting of the foreign ministers of the P5 and UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

US state department spokesperson Ned Price said that in the meeting, secretary of state Antony Blinken underlined the need for constructive action by the P5 to maintain global peace. “The secretary (Blinken) encouraged the P5 to remain united on Afghanistan, to hold the Taliban accountable to its commitments, and to work together to ensure humanitarian access, respect for humanitarian principles, and availability of funds to meet humanitarian needs,” Price said in a statement.

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