It is almost certain that the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan will not get a chance to speak at the UN General Assembly meeting of world leaders this year. The Taliban challenged the post of ambassador of Afghanistan’s former government to the UN, which they removed from power on August 15 and asked to represent the country themselves at the assembly’s high-level general debate. It all started on Tuesday and ended on Monday, in which the ambassador of the former government of Afghanistan was chosen as the final speaker.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that as of Friday, Afghanistan’s currently recognized UN ambassador, Ghulam Isakzai, who represents the former government of former President Ashraf Ghani, has been listed to speak on Afghanistan’s behalf. has gone.
The main reason behind this is that there has been no meeting of the UN General Assembly committee to decide on the challenges related to credit or position in this way and there is no possibility of any such meeting till the end of the week.
Assembly spokeswoman Monica Greeley said Wednesday that the nine-member committee normally meets in November and will issue a decision “when the time is right”.
The Taliban, which last month recaptured much of the country after 20 years with the withdrawal of US and NATO forces, argues that it now has a government in Afghanistan and the right to appoint ambassadors.
In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Taliban’s newly appointed foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaki, said that Ghani was “evicted” on 15 August and that countries around the world “no longer recognize him as president.” Huh.”
Therefore, Muttaki said, Isakzai no longer represents Afghanistan and the Taliban is nominating a new permanent representative to the United Nations, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen. Shaheen was also a spokesman for the Taliban during peace talks in Qatar.
“We have all the requirements for government recognition. We therefore hope that the United Nations, as a neutral world body, will recognize the current government of Afghanistan,” Shaheen told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
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, war lord-dominated government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani. Rabbani was killed in a suicide attack in 2011. It was Rabbani’s government that brought 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden 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 has created a dilemma for the United Nations. In fact, several interim ministers, including Muttaki, are included in the UN’s blacklist of so-called international terrorists and funders of terrorism.
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