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Taliban request representation at the United Nations, kicking off credentials battle

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US: Taliban request to speak this week won't be approved

Yahoo! Voices 21 September, 2021 - 06:58pm

“There is a Credentials Committee. We are on it,” a senior State Department official told reporters Tuesday evening. “It will take some time to deliberate. And so, we will obviously follow this issue closely and deliberate along with other members of the Credentials Committee.”

This comes in response to Taliban officials asking to appear before the U.N. General Assembly in a letter reportedly sent Monday to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, raising whether world powers will recognize the Taliban regime as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. That’s a complicated issue for U.S. and European powers, which hope to make international legitimacy contingent upon the Taliban’s posture on human rights and terrorism.

“Let us be clear: to be in touch with, does not mean at all anything that could be bestowing a formal recognition or legitimacy on the caretaker government,” the European Union high representative Josep Borrell said Monday. “And one of the benchmarks on which we were considering how to calibrate our relationship with the Afghan government was precisely this one: the way that the new government will treat the rights of women and girls. And the first news are not encouraging.”

Taliban officials paired their request with a bid to terminate the prerogatives of the ambassador who was appointed to represent Afghanistan by the overthrown U.S.-backed government. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team avoided offering a substantive response to the militant group’s letter but instead signaled their appeal to appear during the week known as “the Super Bowl of global diplomacy,” as one official put it, is destined to be buried by the U.N. Credential Committee’s deliberation processes.

“The Credentials Committee generally have taken some time,” the senior State Department official said. “I'm not going to predict how long it's going to take this time. I would note that the broader General Assembly goes on for some three months. High-level week, obviously, is just this week, and I don't expect this issue to be resolved within high-level week. But, you know, watch the space.”

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The Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week and nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made the request in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. Muttaqi asked to speak during the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, which finishes on Monday.

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Taliban names spokesman as Afghanistan's ambassador to UN

Fox News 21 September, 2021 - 04:48pm

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The Taliban have reportedly nominated Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador and have asked to speak at the United Nations. 

A letter from Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi sent to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres first confirmed the news, and Reuters first reported it.

The move comes just a little over a month after the radical Islamic group recaptured Afghanistan amid a chaotic U.S. withdrawal from the country, capping off a nearly 20-year war. 

Any decision on the matter would be up to a nine-member credentials committee whose members include China, Russia, and the United States

Signing off on a Taliban ambassador would signify a major achievement for the terrorist group as they seek world recognition

It also pits the group against Afghanistan’s ousted government, now being represented by Ghulam Isaczai. In its letter to Guterres, the Taliban said Isaczai’s mission "is considered over and that he no longer represents Afghanistan." 

Guterres has said the Taliban’s desire for international recognition is the only leverage other countries have in pressuring the group to adopt more humanitarian policies like allowing women to get educated. 

Per the General Assembly rules, Isaczai will remain in the seat. He is scheduled to address the General Assembly on the final day of the meeting this Monday. 

President Biden delivered a message at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, speaking forcefully on the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and human rights abuses, but he avoided addressing criticism from allies about the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last month.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Taliban names spokesman as Afghanistan's ambassador to UN

The Washington Post 21 September, 2021 - 04:48pm

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The Taliban have reportedly nominated Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador and have asked to speak at the United Nations. 

A letter from Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi sent to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres first confirmed the news, and Reuters first reported it.

The move comes just a little over a month after the radical Islamic group recaptured Afghanistan amid a chaotic U.S. withdrawal from the country, capping off a nearly 20-year war. 

Any decision on the matter would be up to a nine-member credentials committee whose members include China, Russia, and the United States

Signing off on a Taliban ambassador would signify a major achievement for the terrorist group as they seek world recognition

It also pits the group against Afghanistan’s ousted government, now being represented by Ghulam Isaczai. In its letter to Guterres, the Taliban said Isaczai’s mission "is considered over and that he no longer represents Afghanistan." 

Guterres has said the Taliban’s desire for international recognition is the only leverage other countries have in pressuring the group to adopt more humanitarian policies like allowing women to get educated. 

Per the General Assembly rules, Isaczai will remain in the seat. He is scheduled to address the General Assembly on the final day of the meeting this Monday. 

President Biden delivered a message at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, speaking forcefully on the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and human rights abuses, but he avoided addressing criticism from allies about the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last month.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Taliban asks to speak at General Assembly

TASS 21 September, 2021 - 04:47pm

UN, 22 September. / TASS /. The representatives of the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) have asked to speak at the UN General Assembly and offered Muhammad Sohail Shahin's candidacy for approval as Afghanistan's permanent representative to the organization, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations Stephane Dujarric told TASS on Tuesday.

"On September 20, the UN Secretary General received a letter from the 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan' signed by 'Amir Khan Muttaqi' as 'Foreign Minister' with a request for participation in the '76th session of the UN General Assembly September 21-27, 2021.' The letter also states that Afghani President Ashraf Ghani is no longer the country's president and has been dismissed as of August 15," Dujarric said.

"The letter also says that the current representative from Afghanistan no longer represents the country, and nominated Muhammad Sohail Shahin to take his place as the new permanents representative," Dujarric added.

However, on September 15 the UN Secretary General received a letter from the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, signed by Ambassador Ghulam Ishaqzai with a list of the General Assembly delegation.

"The Permanent Representative has been designated as the head of the delegation," Dujarric said. He added that both letters were sent to the "secretariat, and after consultations with the President of the General Assembly's office, to the accreditation committee of the 76th session of the General Assembly."

The Taliban launched a large-scale operation to regain control over Afghanistan after the United States announced the withdrawal of its military personnel from the country. On August 15, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stepped down and fled the country, and the Taliban forces swept into Kabul, meeting no resistance. The forces opposing the Taliban rule offered resistance, which was headed by Ahmad Massoud, in the Panjshir Province. Saleh, who declared himself "caretaker president," urged the country to support it.

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