The Islamic Emirate earlier appointed Suhail Shaheen, current head of the political office in Qatar, as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador.
The Afghan caretaker government called on the UN to give the seat of Afghanistan to its designated ambassador.
It has been more than 19 months since the 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 Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiulllah Mujahid, said that chargé d’affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, cannot represent the Islamic Emirate and that the seat should be given to the caretaker 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.
The Islamic Emirate in September 2021 appointed Suhail Shaheen, who is currently heading up the political office in Qatar, as Afghanistan’s ambassador to the UN.
“The Afghanistan seat in the UN should be handed over to the Taliban because the Taliban are ruling in the territory. The UN had a clear message for the Taliban, that if they reopened the doors of the schools for the girls, they would give the seat to the Taliban,” said Aziz Maarij, a former diplomat.
But the question is why this seat has not yet been handed over to the Islamic Emirate.
“In the UN … there are official conditions for recognition of Afghanistan. The rights of women, including their work and education, are a vital part of it and should be implemented in Afghanistan so that the UN can recognize Afghanistan,” said Toreq Farhadi, a political analyst.
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.