Taliban ask to handle UN Common Meeting: UN spokesman

Afghan Overseas Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.. File photograph
  • Taliban authorities seeks chair in letter to UN chief.
  • The letter additionally signifies that Ashraf Ghani-appointed Ghulam Isaczai “not represents” Afghanistan on the United Nations.
  • A nine-member credentials committee to determine on the request.

UNITED NATIONS: The Taliban’s new international minister has requested to handle world leaders at this week’s United Nations Common Meeting assembly in New York, a UN spokesman stated Tuesday.

The ambassador of the Afghan authorities ousted by the Taliban final month has additionally requested to talk, with the UN but to determine who will symbolize the nation on the world physique.

A nine-member credentials committee will now rule on the dueling requests, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric advised AFP, however it’s unclear whether or not the committee will meet earlier than the tip of the convocation on Monday.

UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres obtained a letter from Taliban-appointed Amir Khan Muttaqi “requesting to take part” within the high-level debate, Dujarric stated.

It was dated Monday September 20 — the day earlier than the session obtained underway — and listed Muttaqi as “Minister of Overseas Affairs,” he added.

The letter didn’t specify whether or not Muttaqi needed to journey to New York to talk or whether or not the Taliban would submit a recorded video message, as many leaders are doing this yr attributable to COVID-19.

The letter additionally indicated that Ghulam Isaczai “not represents” Afghanistan on the United Nations.

He was the ambassador to the UN of the Afghan authorities ousted from energy in August as US navy troops exited the nation, ending their 20-year warfare.

The letter stated that the Taliban had nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s everlasting consultant to the UN.

The notice, which had the letterhead “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Ministry of Overseas Affairs,” stated that former president Ashraf Ghani was “ousted” on August 15, the day he fled the nation.

“International locations internationally not acknowledge him as president,” the letter stated, in response to the UN.

The UN spokesman additionally stated that Secretary-Common Guterres had obtained a separate letter from Isaczai, dated September 15, containing the listing of Afghanistan’s delegation for the session.

That letter listed Isaczai as Afghanistan’s everlasting consultant, Dujarric stated.

“These two communications have been despatched by the secretariat, after session with the workplace of the president of the Common Meeting, to the members of the credentials committee of the 76th session of the Common Meeting,” he stated.

The committee is made up of Russia, China, america, Sweden, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Chile, Bhutan and the Bahamas.

The committee has up to now avoided making a choice and as a substitute referred it to the Common Meeting for a vote, a diplomatic supply advised AFP.

No authorities has but acknowledged the Taliban authorities, first demanding that it meet commitments on human rights, however some have made constructive noises.

“The pragmatic, political view is that there’s a new actuality. And if you wish to ignore that, that is your selection,” Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi advised reporters Monday, stopping in need of calling for authorized recognition.

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