Taliban asks to address world leaders at UN General Assembly after Afghanistan takeover 

  • The Afghan terror group nominated Suhail Shaheen as their ambassador to UN
  • A panel will rule on their involvement however shouldn’t be anticipated to determine this session
  • The UN refused to recognise the previous Taliban authorities from 1996 to 2001

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

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The Taliban has requested to communicate to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.

The terror group nominated Suhail Shaheen, their spokesman based mostly in Doha, as Afghanistan’s new ambassador to the UN.

The Islamists mentioned the envoy for the previous authorities now not represented Afghanistan.

The terror group nominated Suhail Shaheen (pictured), their spokesman based mostly in Doha, as Afghanistan’s new ambassador to the UN 

A UN committee will rule on the request however it’s unlikely to happen in the course of the present session, which ends on Monday.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned Secretary-General Antonio Guterres acquired a communication on September 15 from the presently accredited Afghan Ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, with the record of Afghanistan’s delegation for the meeting’s 76th annual session.

Five days later, Guterres acquired one other communication with the letterhead ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,’ signed by ‘Ameer Khan Muttaqi’ as ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs,’ requesting to take part within the gathering of world leaders.

Muttaqi mentioned within the letter that former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani was ‘ousted’ as of August 15 and that nations throughout the world ‘now not recognise him as president,’ and due to this fact Isaczai now not represents Afghanistan, Dujarric mentioned. 

Senior US State Department officers mentioned they have been conscious of the Taliban’s request – the United States is a member of the UN credentials committee – however they’d not predict how that panel would possibly rule. 

But one of many officers mentioned the committee ‘would take a while to deliberate,’ suggesting the Taliban’s envoy wouldn’t find a way to communicate at the General Assembly at this session at least in the course of the high-level leaders’ week.

In instances of disputes over seats at the United Nations, the General Assembly’s nine-member credentials committee should meet to decide. 

Ameer Khan Muttaq (pictured), Afghanistan’s ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs,’ despatched a letter requesting to take part within the gathering of world leaders

Both letters have been despatched to the committee after consultations with General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid’s office. 

The committee’s members are the United States, Russia, China, Bahama, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone and Sweden.

Isaczai was scheduled to give the final speech on the ultimate day of the high-level meeting on September 27, however since Afghanistan say he doesn’t symbolize them, the plans are up within the air.

It wasn’t clear who would communicate if the committee met and the Taliban got Afghanistan’s seat.

When the Taliban final dominated from 1996 to 2001, the UN refused to recognise their authorities and as a substitute gave Afghanistan’s seat to the earlier, warlord-dominated authorities of President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who ultimately was killed by a suicide bomber in 2011. 

It was Rabbani’s authorities that introduced Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/11, to Afghanistan from Sudan in 1996.

The Taliban have mentioned they need worldwide recognition and monetary assist to rebuild the war-battered nation. 

But the make-up of the brand new Taliban authorities poses a dilemma for the United Nations. 

Several of the interim ministers are on the UN’s so-called blacklist of worldwide terrorists and funders of terrorism.

Credentials committee members might additionally use Taliban recognition as leverage to press for a extra inclusive authorities that ensures human rights, particularly for ladies who have been barred from going to faculty throughout their earlier rule, and ladies who weren’t in a position to work.