Taliban has called on the UN to give the seat of Afghanistan to its designated ambassador. It has been more than 19 months since the Taliban’s so-called Islamic Emirate came to power but the seat for Afghanistan in the UN has been held by the former deputy ambassador to the UN who is currently the chargé d’affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN.
The Taliban’s spokesman, Zabiulllah Mujahid, said that chargé d’affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, cannot represent their so-called Islamic Emirate and that the seat should be given to their government.
“Regarding the Afghan seat in the UN, it is our right to be represented in the UN. Also, Afghanistan’s assets which are frozen by the US also belong to Afghans. It (US) in exchange for ending its war and invasion is now using hateful policies,” he said.
Taliban in September 2021 has appointed Suhail Shaheen, who is currently heading up the political office in Qatar, as their ambassador to the UN.
Earlier, US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West said that the issue of Afghanistan in the UN and frozen Afghan assets would not be solved until women and girls’ access to schools and universities are facilitated.