The Taliban, which took power over Afghanistan in August after the sudden collapse of President Ashraf Ghani’s government, officially asked the UN on Tuesday to represent its country at the forum, as well as the new Taliban foreign minister to address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. The movement is also calling for the appointment of a new ambassador to the United Nations to replace Isaakzai.
The request to speak at the UN General Assembly is considered by a nine-member accreditation committee. This body, in which the US, Russia and China decide in practice, also generally determines which leadership has the right to represent a country at the UN. However, the board has not yet met, usually in October or November. The current Afghan ambassador thus remains in office.
According to Reuters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday that the recognition of the Taliban as Afghanistan’s representative at the UN was not currently being considered.
Taliban without international recognition yet
If the Taliban can appoint a new envoy to the UN, it would be an important achievement in its quest for international recognition. The UN Secretary-General has previously said that the movement’s desire for foreign recognition is a way for other countries to force the Taliban to respect human rights and have an inclusive government.
Under the previous Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, the movement also sought to appoint its diplomat to the United Nations. However, the committee has constantly postponed the decision to accredit a new envoy, allowing Afghanistan to be represented at the UN by a diplomat appointed by the previous government.