Afghan Taliban Demands To Address World Leaders At On-Going UNGA

A UN spokesman said on September 21 has revealed that Taliban has seekd for audience and agttention to address world leaders at this week’s UN General Assembly meeting that is underway in New York.


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This development was known in a letter addressed and received by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres which was sent by the Taliban “requesting to participate” in the high-level debate, as repo said Guterres’s spokesman, The letter was dated September 20, a day before the UN General Assembly got under way, and was signed by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi.

In addition to requesting participation in the annual UN gathering or world leaders, the letter said the Taliban was nominating a new UN permanent representative, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, Dujarric said. Shaheen has been a spokesman for the Taliban during peace negotiations in Qatar.

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Senior U.S. State Department officials said they were aware of the Taliban’s request — the United States is a member of the UN credentials committee — but they would not predict how that panel might rule.

The Taliban letter to Guterres said former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was “ousted” as of August 15 and that countries across the world “no longer recognize him as president.” The currently accredited Afghan Ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, therefore, no longer represents Afghanistan, it said.

Guterres received a separate communication on September 15 from Isaczai with the list of Afghanistan’s delegation for the assembly’s 76th session, the UN spokesman said.

Afghanistan is scheduled to give the last speech on the final day of the UN General Assembly meeting on September 27. It wasn’t clear who would speak if the UN credentials committee were to give the Taliban Afghanistan’s seat.

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