On Friday, the Taliban reiterated a call for representation at the UN after an ambassador from the former US-backed Afghan government resigned as Afghanistan’s UN envoy.
A UN spokesman said Ghulam Isaczai, who was appointed by former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, left his post as of December 15th. The Afghan mission released a statement that said the new “Charge d’Affaires” is Naseer Ahmad Faiq, who served as Isaczai’s deputy.
Faiq’s appointment means the now-defunct US-backed government is still representing Afghanistan at the UN even though the Taliban is running the country. The Taliban have nominated spokesman Suhail Shaheen to serve as UN ambassador, who made the call for more representation.
Shaheen wrote on Twitter that the UN should “prove its neutrality” by giving the UN seat to the current Afghan government. Earlier this month, a UN committee deferred a decision on whether or not the world body should recognize the Taliban as opposed to the government it toppled.
Since taking over Afghanistan, the Taliban have been calling for international recognition and for the US to release billions in Afghan funds it has seized. In the wake of the US withdrawal, millions of Afghans are facing severe food shortages, and the US appears to have no plans to lift release the funds or lift sanctions.