It’s almost certain Afghanistan’s Taliban won’t speak at UN

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It is almost certain that Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers will not have a chance to speak at the UN General Assembly meeting of world leaders this year.

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The Taliban challenged the credentials of the ambassador to the former government of Afghanistan, whom they removed on 15 August, and asked to represent the country in the high-level general debate of the assembly. It began on Tuesday and ended on Monday, with a representative from Afghanistan as the final speaker.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that as of Friday, Afghanistan’s currently recognized UN ambassador, Ghulam Isakzai, who represents the now-deposed government of former President Ashraf Ghani, was listed as speaking up for the country. has gone.


The main reason is that the General Assembly Committee that decides on credit challenges has not met, and is highly unlikely to meet over the weekend.

Assembly spokeswoman Monica Greeley said Wednesday that the nine-member committee normally meets in November and will issue a decision “in due course”.

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The Taliban, who occupied most of Afghanistan last month as US and NATO forces were in the final stages of their chaotic withdrawal from the country after 20 years, argue they are now in charge and have the right to appoint ambassadors .

The Taliban’s newly appointed foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaki, said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that Ghani had been “outed” by August 15 and that countries around the world “no longer recognize him as president.” “

Therefore, Muttaki said, Isakzai no longer represents Afghanistan and the Taliban is nominating a new permanent representative to the United Nations, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen. He was the spokesman for the Taliban during peace talks in Qatar.

“We have all the requirements for government recognition,” Shaheen told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “Therefore we hope that the United Nations, as a neutral world body, will recognize the current government of Afghanistan.”

When the Taliban last ruled from 1996 to 2001, the United Nations refused to recognize their government and instead gave the seat of Afghanistan to the previous, warlord-dominated government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani, which in 2011 was a warlord. was killed by a suicide bomber. This was the government of Rabbani. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/11, was brought from Sudan to Afghanistan in 1996.

The Taliban have said they want international recognition and financial help to rebuild the war-torn country. But the formation of a new Taliban government poses a dilemma for the UN. Many interim ministers – including Muttaki – are on the UN’s blacklist of so-called international terrorists and funders of terrorism.

Credentials committee members can use the Taliban’s recognition to press for a more inclusive government that guarantees human rights, especially for girls who were barred from school during their previous regime, and women who were not able to work.

The members of the committee are the United States, Russia, China, the Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone and Sweden.

A US State Department official said earlier this week that the committee, “will take some time to deliberate.”

So it appears that the Taliban will have to wait, and Isakzai will talk about a country where the government he represented fled without a military fight.

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