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Highlights:
• The former Afghan representatives sent a letter on September 15 to the US stating that the former team will be representative of Afghanistan in the UNGA
• The new foreign minister of Afghanistan also sent a letter to the UN on September 15 and named Suhail Shaheen as their representative
• Several reports state that the UN will not make a decision until and unless the issue of the recognition of the Taliban’s new government is addressed

Suhail Shaheen has been named by the Taliban as the representative of Afghanistan in the United National General Assembly (UNGA), however, several reports indicate that the Taliban might not get an option to take part as the representative in the UNGA because the former government’s representative is still occupying the UN office. Currently, there are two groups of Afghanistan representatives in the UN.

A source stated that the former Afghan representatives would continue to occupy the UN office until a decision is taken by the credential committee. The former Afghan representatives took part in the session addressed by Joe Biden, the President of the US, on Tuesday. Ghulam Isaczai is the currently accredited ambassador of Afghanistan in the UN. Isaczai sent a letter on September 15 to the US stating that his team will be the representatives of Afghanistan in the UNGA meeting.

The new foreign ministry of Afghanistan also sent a letter to the UN on September 15, requesting the UN to participate in the UNGA meeting, and named Suhail Shaheen as the representative of Afghanistan. The letters have been sent to the credential committee of the UN after consultation with Abdulla Shahid, the President of the General Assembly.

Several reports state that the UN will not make a decision until and unless the issues of the recognition of the Taliban’s new government are addressed. It is unlikely that a decision regarding the acceptance of the Taliban’s representative to the UN will be taken before September 27.

Reports also indicate that the UN will not allow the former team to attend the UNGA either as permitting them to attend the UNGA will indicate that the UN supports the former government. The UN refused to recognize the Taliban’s government during the Taliban’s rule from 1996 to 2001 and gave the seat of Afghanistan to the former government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani.

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