UNITED NATIONS (AP) — It’s almost certain that Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers won’t get to speak at this year’s U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders.
The Taliban challenged the credentials of the ambassador from Afghanistan’s ousted government and asked to represent the country at the meeting, which ends Monday.
The assembly’s final speech will be delivered by Afghanistan.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said as of Friday, Afghanistan’s currently recognized U.N. ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, who represents the former government, is listed to speak.
The main reason is that the General Assembly Committee which decides upon credentials challenges has not met. It is highly unlikely that they will meet this weekend.
According to the Taliban Isaczai has been relieved from his duties following the U.S.’s 20-year war.
The Taliban claims it nominated a new U.N. envoy, according to Reuters.