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Afghan Envoy To UN Resigns After Taliban Moved To Oust Him

Taliban members in charge of security, patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Taliban members in charge of security, patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Image: REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Afghanistan's U.N. Mission tweeted that another diplomat, Naseer Faiq, would lead it as a chargé d'affaires.

The former Afghan governments ambassador to the United Nations has resigned after the country’s current Taliban rulers sought to replace him with their own envoy. Ghulam Isaczai told the U.N. on Thursday that he stepped down the day before, U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq said.

Afghanistan’s U.N. Mission tweeted that another diplomat, Naseer Faiq, would lead it as a chargé d’affaires. The term can denote someone filling in between ambassadors. The mission said it would continue working to share the concerns and legitimate demands of our fellow citizens at the U.N.

Taliban leaders, however, have been trying to put their own representative, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, in their countrys seat at the U.N.
Isaczai, a longtime U.N. diplomat, was appointed last June by President Ashraf Ghani, whose government was ousted by the Taliban on Aug. 15 amid a chaotic withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops.

The Taliban challenged Isaczais credentials to remain in his post. The U.N. General Assembly delayed action on the request Dec. 6, so he stayed in the job.

No country has recognized the Taliban, which has come under intense international pressure to broaden its all-male government overwhelmingly drawn from the countrys dominant Pashtun ethnic group, and to ensure womens rights to education, employment and participation in political and social life.
A message seeking comment was sent to Isaczai on Friday.

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first published:December 18, 2021, 10:12 IST