Taliban appoints Suhail Shaheen as UN ambassador to Afghanistan

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Kabul: The Taliban has named its Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as the UN ambassador to Afghanistan. Qatar’s ruling Emir urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations against turning their backs on Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. This happened after the Taliban said they wanted to address world leaders at the United Nations, a UK-based media reported.

Meanwhile, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani urged world diplomats not to boycott the Taliban, Al Jazeera reported. Qatar’s ruling Emir urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations against turning their backs on Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers.

Al Thani sympathized, “the need to continue negotiating with the Taliban because boycotts only lead to polarization and reactions, while talks can bring positive results”.

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UN chief K Guterres’ spokesman Farhan Haq confirmed Muttaki’s letter. The move set off a showdown with UN ambassador in New York Ghulam Isakzai, who was representing the Afghan government ousted by the Taliban last month.

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