Taliban nominates Suhail Shaheen as UN representative, seeks permission to speak from UNGA forum

Taliban nominates Suhail Shaheen

Kabul: The Taliban government of Afghanistan has made another attempt to get international recognition. The Afghan government has named Suhail Shaheen, who was a spokesman for the Taliban during peace talks in Qatar, as ambassador to the United Nations. Not only this, he has also sought permission to speak at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Taliban’s decision has come after his statement in which he said that he wanted to address world leaders at the United Nations. Meanwhile, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has urged world leaders not to boycott the Taliban.

Al Thani stressed, “negotiations with the Taliban need to continue because the boycott will only lead to polarization while talks can lead to positive results.” are panicking and are shying away from recognizing the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Taliban Foreign Minister writes to Antonio Guterres
According to the news agency Reuters, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki also wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. Muttaki sought to speak during the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly that ends on Monday. Guterres’ spokesman Farhan Haq confirmed the receipt of Muttaki’s letter.

Ghulam M. Isakzai was approved by Afghanistan as the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations in July this year. However, after overthrowing the government of Ashraf’s Ghani, the Taliban captured it. The Taliban’s foreign minister has also written in his letter that Isakzai’s work is now over. If he no longer leads Afghanistan, he should be replaced by a representative of the Taliban.

Taliban nominates Suhail Shaheen

At the same time, Guterres’ spokesman Haq said that until the credential committee makes a decision on this, then only Ghulam will continue to represent Afghanistan. Haq said the request for a UN seat in Afghanistan was sent to a nine-member credentialing committee. The members of this committee include America, China and Russia. The committee meeting is unlikely to take place before Monday on this issue, so it is difficult for a Taliban representative to speak from the UN forum. The UN’s acceptance of the Taliban ambassador would be an important step in the path of international recognition. With the approval, it will be of great help to the cash-strapped Afghanistan.