Taliban Appoint UN Ambassador, Wish to Speak at Global Assembly

The Taliban have nominated their spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, as Afghanistan’s ambassador to the U.N. and have asked to address the global community at the United Nations.

The militia group’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Monday asking if Muttaqi could address world leaders at the General Assembly, which ends Monday.

The letter, first reported by Reuters, has been confirmed by Guterres’ spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

Haq said the requests for Afghanistan’s U.N. seat was sent to a nine-member credentials committee that consists of the United States, China, Russia, the Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone and Sweden. The committee is not expected to meet on the matter ahead of Monday.

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