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Monday Sep 27 2021
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Reuters

No Afghan leader to address world leaders at UNGA

By
Reuters
The General Assembly hall is seen at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Penney
The General Assembly hall is seen at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City, U.S., September 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Penney

  • Afghan government ambassador ousted by the Taliban withdraws his name from addressing UN General Assembly.
  • The move comes amid competing claims for Afghanistan's UN seat in New York.
  • Taliban FM Amir Khan Muttaqi nominates the group's Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan's UN ambassador.


UNITED NATIONS: There will be no one to address the annual high-level UN General Assembly in New York on Afghanistan’s behalf as the ambassador for the Afghan government ousted by the Taliban — who was due to speak on Monday — withdrew his name from the list.

The move comes amid competing claims for Afghanistan's UN seat in New York after the Taliban seized power last month.

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi last week asked to address the gathering of the world leaders at the United Nations and nominated the group's Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan's UN ambassador.

Ghulam Isaczai is the current UN ambassador, who represents Afghanistan's government ousted by the Taliban, and has also asked to renew his accreditation. He was scheduled to address the final day of the high-level UN gathering on Monday, but withdrew late on Sunday, diplomats said.

Isaczai did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rival claims have also been made for Myanmar's UN seat after a military coup in February ousted the elected government. No representative from Myanmar will address the high-level General Assembly meeting.

UN accreditation issues are dealt with by a nine-member committee, whose members include the United States, China and Russia. It traditionally meets in October or November.

Until a decision is made by the credentials committee on both Afghanistan and Myanmar, Isaczai and Myanmar's UN envoy representing the ousted government, Kyaw Moe Tun, will remain in the seats, according to the General Assembly rules.