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US names two female diplomats for senior roles representing Washington in Afghanistan

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Dec 29, 2021: The US has nominated two female diplomats for senior positions representing Washington in Afghanistan.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Wednesday appointed Rina Amiri as special envoy for Afghan women, girls and human rights.

Rina Amiri, an Afghan-born US scholar and mediation expert who served at the State Department under former president Barack Obama, will take the role of special envoy for Afghan women, girls and human rights, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced.

Months after the United States ended its 20-year war in Afghanistan, Blinken said that Amiri will address issues of “critical importance to me” and the rest of President Joe Biden’s administration.

Blinken also named Stephenie Foster, a Department of State veteran, as a new senior adviser for women and girls to US operations to evacuate and resettle Afghans at risk of retaliation from the Taliban.

In their earlier reign from 1996-2001, the Taliban imposed an ultra-austere brand of Islam on Afghanistan including banning women from working and girls from education.

The appointments come more than four months after the Taliban overran the country as the former Western-backed government collapsed and the US military presence has withdrawn after 20 years.

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