the essential The Foreign Minister of the government appointed by the Taliban, Amir Khan Muttaqi, asked in a letter to speak to the UN Annual General Assembly.
The United Nations has not yet decided who will represent this country in the meeting which opened on Tuesday for a week, the ambassador of the former ousted government having also asked to speak, added the spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.
The two competing requests are in the hands of the “accreditation commission”, he added, without specifying whether it would meet before Monday, the last day of the week of interventions by the leaders of the countries of the planet in the prestigious New York tribune of the UN.
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres first received on 15 September a letter 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 20 September, Antonio Guterres “received a letter on the letterhead from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”, signed by the designated head of diplomacy by the Taliban after they came to power in mid-August.
Amir Khan Muttaqi “asks to participate” in the great world diplomatic meeting, added the spokesman, without specifying whether he heard speaking in person in New York or by recorded video, as it is authorized this year due to the Covid – 19.
In his letter, the Taliban minister stressed that Ashraf Ghani has been “overthrown” and that countries around the world “no longer recognize him as president” of Afghanistan.
A Taliban spokesman in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, is appointed Afghanistan’s ambassador to the UN, according to the letter.
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Most governments around the world have yet to recognize the government appointed by the Taliban, 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, the United States, Sweden, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Chile, Bhutan and the Bahamas.
In the case of two requests for diplomatic representation for a member state, the members of the committee have often refrained in the past from deciding on the merits by referring the question to the General Assembly for a decision at the time of a vote, indicates to AFP a diplomatic source.