Taliban named new U.N. ambassador as former one ‘no longer represents Afghanistan’

The Afghan rebels have also appointed their own ambassador whom they demand takes over from Ghulam Isaczai, the current U.N. ambassador in New York representing Afghanistan’s government ousted last month by the Taliban.

The new ambassador is none other than the current Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen based in Doha, Qatar.

Mr Shaheen has been seen all over the world doing interviews earlier this month.

At the time, UK viewers lashed out at Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard’s “unsettling” and “outrageous” interview with him.

Many even asked why he had been given air time.

Farhan Haq, a U.N. spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, confirmed the reception of the letter and announced that a nine-member credentials committee will make a decision on whether or not Mr Isaczai should be replaced by a new ambassador.

The Taliban letter said Isaczai’s mission “is considered over” and that “he no longer represents Afghanistan”.

The credentials committee include the US, China, Russia, the Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone and Sweden.

Back when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, the same kind of credential committee deferred its decision on whether the Afghan government ambassador should be replaced by a Taliban envoy.

Although his government was not ruling the country, the ambassador kept his seat at the U.N.

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