The Taliban have challenged the credentials of Afghanistan’s former UN ambassador and has instead dispatched a communication to UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarri
The Taliban on Tuesday nominated its Doha, Qatar office spokesperson Suhail Shaheen as an ambassador to represent Afghanistan at the United Nations, UN officials told foreign correspondents at UNGA on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the hardline fundamentalist group that recently formed a government in Kabul and has been drafting controversial policies in violation of human rights, has sought to make an address to the global leader at the UN’s summit.
In an unusual move, the Taliban submitted its nomination to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, saying that it wanted to address the United Nations. Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to UN in the now exiled Ashraf Ghani government, Ghulam Isaczai, has defied the Taliban government and is resorting to bloodshed and violence to establishing the “so-called Islamic Emirate.”
But the Taliban have challenged the credentials of Afghanistan’s former UN ambassador and has instead dispatched a communication to UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, said Secretary-General Guterres with an accreditation from the former Afghan Ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, reports have revealed.
The terrorist group sent names for the Afghanistan delegation from the newly established government for the Assembly’s 76th annual session on the letterhead titled “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs” which had a seal from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ameer Khan Muttaqi.
The latter stated in the document that former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s government was toppled and hence the world must no longer recognize him as Kabul’s leader. Taliban’s said Foreign Ministry also questioned Isaczai, stressing that he no longer represents Afghanistan, and listed its new UN permanent representative, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, Taliban’s spokesperson.
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“No meeting of the credentials committee [of Taliban] has been scheduled so far,” UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement, cited by the Associated Press.
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