Afghanistan is currently at the United Nations represented by Ghulam Isaczai, the appointee of the previous government which collapsed under a swift Taliban offensive last month. Requests by the Taliban and Isaczai are now being considered by the UN’s credentialing committee.
The spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric revealed that the Taliban, which now governs Afghanistan, earlier this week had instructed PBB to replace Isaczai with their own representative.
“The Secretary-General received a communication on the letterhead of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, dated September 20, 2021, signed by Ameer Khan Muttaqi as Minister of Foreign Affairs, requesting to participate in the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21-27 2021,” he said. in a statement as quoted from CNN, Wednesday (22/9/2021).
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According to the letter, Isaczai is no longer representing Afghanistan. Instead, they named Mohammad Suhail Shaheen as the candidate for permanent representative of the Islamist militant group in New York.
“The letter also notes that former President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani has been ousted and (countries around the world) no longer recognize him as president,” the spokesman said in a statement.
UN observers have anticipated potential conflict this year over at least two seats in the General Assembly Hall, the seats of Myanmar and Afghanistan, where the new regime recently rose to power but diplomats representing the previous government still hold UN accreditation.
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Isaczai has continued to advocate for his country, meeting with foreign envoys and even calling on the UN Security Council to pressure the Taliban to form a more democratic government.