Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Monday nominated the group’s spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, as Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations. Read also: Taliban Hang the Bodies of 4 Kidnappers with Derek in Herat City
“The question of international recognition of the Taliban at this time is not on the table,” Lavrov said in a statement, as reported by Al Arabiya on Sunday (26/9/2021).
Russia is a member of the nine-member UN credential committee, along with China and the United States, which will handle Afghanistan’s claim to the UN seat. Also read: Taliban Bans Members Selfie: Destroying Status!
When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, the ambassador of the Afghan government they ousted remained the UN representative after the credentials committee delayed its decision on a rival claim to the seat.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the Taliban’s desire for international recognition is the only advantage other countries have in urging governments that are inclusive and respect rights, especially for women, in Afghanistan.