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India to Chair UNSC’s Crucial Taliban Sanctions Committee

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India will chair the UN Security Council’s crucial Taliban and Libya sanctions, and counter-terrorism committee, Indian Representative to the UN said.

T. S. Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India to UN, in a video message said Thursday: “I am happy to announce that India has been asked to chair three important committees of the Security Council which include the Taliban Sanctions Committee, counter-terrorism committee, and the Libyan sanctions committee.”

Tirumurti stated that the Taliban Sanctions Committee also in the 1988 Sanctions Committee, has always been a “high priority” for India.

“Keeping in mind our strong interest and commitment to peace security development and progress of Afghanistan,” he noted.

The Indian diplomat emphasized that India’s chairing this committee at this moment would help to “keep the focus on the presence of terrorists and their sponsors threatening the peace process in Afghanistan.”

“It has been our view that peace process and violence cannot go hand in hand,” Tirumurti said.

Referring to the counter-terrorism committee, which will be chaired by India, as a non-permanent member of the powerful15-nation UN body, in 2022, Tirumurti said the committee was formed in September 2001 soon after the “tragic terrorist attack” of 9/11.

“The chairing of this committee has a special resonance for India which has not only been in the forefront of fighting terrorism especially cross-border terrorism but has also been one of its biggest victims,” the Indian envoy pointed out.

Tirumurti said the Libya Sanctions Committee, also called the 1970 Sanctions Committee, is a “very important” subsidiary body of the Council, which implements the sanctions regime, including a two-way arms embargo on Libya and assets freeze, a travel ban and measures on illicit export of petroleum.

“We will be assuming the chair of this committee at a critical juncture when there is an international focus on Libya and on the peace process,” he said.

The UN Security Council has five permanent members including the US, Russia, China, the UK, and France who have veto powers, and 10 non-permanent members, five of which are elected each year for a two-year term.

In 2021, India, Norway, Kenya, Ireland, and Mexico secured seats for the whole period as non-permanent members, and Vietnam, Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, and Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines will be a part of the first year.

 

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IEA leaders meet UNDP director in Doha, asked for more help

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Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan, on Sunday met with Achim Steiner, Director of the United Nations Development Program, in Doha to discuss various issues, including the deteriorating economic situation.

Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA), political office said in a series of tweets that the meeting focused on the current situation in Afghanistan, the deteriorating economic situation in the country, and the treatment of drug addicts.

Mullah Baradar Akhund thanked the organization for its assistance and assured the UNDP of its cooperation in delivering aid to Afghans. He called on them to increase their assistance to the people in various fields, Naeem tweeted.

Steiner also pledged continued support to Afghans, Naeem said.

Meanwhile, according to Reuters, China’s foreign ministry said on Monday that Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi will meet an IEA delegation during his visit to Qatar later this week.

The two sides will exchange views on the situation in Afghanistan and topics of “common concern”, said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, speaking at a regular news briefing in Beijing,

“As Afghanistan’s traditional friendly neighbor and partner, China has always advocated dialogue and contact to guide the positive development of the situation in Afghanistan,” he said, as quoted by Reuters.

In mid-August, the Afghan government collapsed as the United States and allies withdrew troops after 20 years on the ground, leading the IEA to seize power in a lightning offensive.

The month before, an IEA delegation had met Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.

China has since promised aid to the neighbouring country, while demanding the IEA crack down on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a group Beijing says threatens stability in the western region of Xinjiang.

Russia will deliver humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in the coming days, a senior Russian official said on Monday, as regional powers prepare to discuss the crisis in the country at a new round of talks next month.

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IEA welcomes Russia’s stance on removing IEA’s leaders from the Blacklist

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The Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan [IEA] welcomed the expressions of the Russian president for removing their leader’s names from the blacklist.

Previously Vladimir Putin said that he is considering removing the names of the IEA leaders from the blacklist.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi a Foreign Ministry spokesman said that:” the era of war ended in Afghanistan and called on the international community to bring positive changes dealing with Afghanistan.

Foreign Ministry said the Afghan government wants positive relations with the world.

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EU hoping to reopen Kabul diplomatic mission within a month

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The EU is intending to reopen its diplomatic mission in Afghanistan within a month as the bloc seeks to strengthen its engagement with the new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan government.

The Financial Times reported that the move means that EU diplomats will return to Kabul as Brussels seeks to co-ordinate aid efforts and the continued evacuation of some Afghans.

The planned return comes as global powers attempt to work out how to deal with the country’s new leaders, FT reported.

Brussels has said it seeks a “calibrated approach” to the IEA, pursuing engagement with the administration but stopping short of recognition.

It is also responding to efforts by China, Russia and Turkey, which did not close their embassies when Afghanistan’s former government was overthrown, to build close ties with the new regime, FT reported.

Brussels sent an exploratory mission to Afghanistan last month to assess the feasibility of sending diplomats back to Kabul, aware that without a presence on the ground, it lacked the access required to effectively implement a pledged regional aid package worth about €1bn.

Over the past month Brussels has sought to strike an agreement with Kabul that would allow private security personnel or member state guards to protect the building. But it has reluctantly accepted that there is no alternative to abiding by rules that mean foreign diplomatic representations must be guarded only by IEA security forces, a source told the Financial Times.

EU spokesperson Nabila Massrali said that “a final decision has not been taken yet” on the security provision.

“We can confirm that we are working on establishing a minimal presence on the ground. For security reasons, we cannot enter into the details,” she said in a statement to the FT.

“At this stage, this would only be for the EU. Member states may decide to join, but this is at their discretion. As to whom will guarantee the security of our staff, available options are being explored.

“As we have repeatedly said, this is not a sign of recognition. We want to be able to better assist the Afghan people who need our help by being closer and, inevitably, we need to engage with the Taliban (IEA),” she added.

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