The United Nations has not yet decided who this Taliban-appointed government minister or the head of delegation of the current permanent representation of Afghanistan will speak on behalf of the country before the General Assembly.
Amir Khan Muttaqi, foreign minister in the Taliban-appointed government, in a letter requested to speak to the UN’s annual general assembly on behalf of Afghanistan, according to a spokesperson for the organization global.
The United Nations have not yet decided who will represent this country in the meeting which opened on September 21 for a week. As the spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, French Stéphane Dujarric, said, the ambassador of the former ousted Afghan government also asked to speak. These two competing demands are in the hands of the “accreditation commission”, he added, without specifying whether it would meet before September 27, the last day of the week of interventions by the leaders of the countries of the planet at the prestigious New York tribune of the United Nations.
Two face-to-face requests
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres first received a letter on September 15 from the current permanent representation of Afghanistan, signed by his Ambassador Ghulam Isaczai. The latter is indicated as “head of delegation” for the General Assembly, reported Stéphane Dujarric.
Then, on September 20, Antonio Guterres “received a letter on the letterhead of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”, signed by the head of diplomacy appointed by the Taliban after their arrival in mid-power. August. Amir Khan Muttaqi “asks to participate” in the great global diplomatic meeting, added the spokesman, without specifying whether he heard speaking in person in New York or by recorded video, as authorized this year because of the Covid-19 .
In his letter, the Taliban minister underlines that Ashraf Ghani has been “overthrown” and that countries around the world “no longer recognize him as president” of Afghanistan. A spokesman for the Taliban in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, is appointed Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UN, the letter added.
Most governments around the world have yet to recognize the Taliban-appointed government, previously demanding that it meet several conditions, including respect for women’s rights and its commitment to let those who want to leave Afghanistan.
The accreditation commission is made up of Russia, China, USA, Sweden, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Chile, Bhutan and Bahamas. In the case of two requests for diplomatic representation for a Member State, the members of the committee have often in the past refrained from deciding on the merits by referring the question to the General Assembly for a decision at a vote, a diplomatic source told AFP.