Taliban assure safety of humanitarian workers

Taliban leaders have reportedly assured a United Nations special envoy that the safety of UN humanitarian workers and their freedom of movement in Afghanistan will be guaranteed.

Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, met the Taliban's number-two leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and other senior members in Kabul on Sunday.

The United Nations says that during the talks, Griffiths reiterated the humanitarian community's commitment to deliver assistance, and said women in Afghanistan play a critical role in delivering aid.

Griffiths also called for the protection of all civilians, "especially women and girls and minorities" at all times.

The UN says the Taliban authorities committed to cooperate with humanitarian efforts and ensure assistance is delivered to the people of Afghanistan.

The UN plans to hold a ministerial meeting in Geneva, Switzerland next Monday to discuss emergency humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan.