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UN appoints Jean Arnault as Peace Envoy in Afghanistan

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António Guterres, UN Secretary-General on Thursday announced that Jean Arnault from France is appointed as his Personal Envoy on Afghanistan peace and regional matters.

UN in a released statement said, Guterres, has requested Arnault to assist in the achievement of a political solution to the Afghan war.

Arnault will be closely working with United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

According to UN Arnault has 30 years of experience in international diplomacy mostly focused on peace settlements and mediation.

The appointed Personal Envoy has an extensive working background in United Nations missions in Afghanistan, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

The statement indicated that Arnault has recently worked as Delegate of Secretary-General to Colombia peace talks and Special Representative for Secretary-General from 2015 to 2018.

He also has served as Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Bolivia from 2019 to 2020.

This comes as US President Joe Biden has said that it will be “tough” for the US to meet a May 1st deadline to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, and the complete withdrawal won’t take much time.

“It could happen, but it is tough.” If the deadline is extended, it won’t be “a lot longer”.

“That was not a very solidly negotiated deal that the president, the former president, worked out,” President Biden said in an interview with ABC news.

 “We’re in consultation with our allies as well as the government and that decision is in the process now,” he added.

The deadline was set under the US-Taliban agreement signed on February 29th, 2020 during the former President Donald Trump’s administration.

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