The UN Security Council voted on Thursday to extend the UN mission in Afghanistan for another year and to conduct an independent assessment of the international approach to the country.

Iran PressAmerica: The Security Council on Thursday renewed the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year, while also asking for recommendations on the best way for the international community to continue its work in the Taliban-ruled country.

The 15-member council unanimously adopted two resolutions, both drafted by the United Arab Emirates and Japan.

The first "stresses the critical importance of a continued presence of UNAMA" and other UN agencies within Afghanistan, which has been under Taliban rule since the hardline Islamist group took control of Kabul in August 2021.

Thursday's resolution, which extends the mission until March 17, 2024, does not change the UNAMA's mandate, as defined by last year's resolution, "in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan."

The second resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to conduct an "integrated, independent assessment" of the situation in the country, and report back to the Security Council by November 17 with "forward-looking recommendations. 219