Despite their request, the radical Islamist Taliban movement is unlikely to attend the general debate of the UN General Assembly. UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric stated that the representative who can officially speak on behalf of the country on Monday is the current ambassador to the UN, Ghulam Isakzai.
In a letter to the United Nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” requested participation in the 76th session of the General Assembly after the Taliban took power in the country.
The decision is now up to the UN Accreditation Committee. So far there has been no meeting of the committee, which is why the current ambassador to Afghanistan will retain his position, at least for the time being.
The committee is made up of representatives from nine member states – the United States, Russia, China, Sweden, Namibia, the Bahamas, Bhutan, Sierra Leone and Chile – and decides which representatives and then the leaders of the countries are recognized in the United Nations. In practice, the commission is dominated by Washington, Moscow and Beijing.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in mid-August. Former President Ashraf Ghani had previously fled the country. Germany, the United States and other Western countries are in talks with them but do not recognize it as a legitimate government.
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