Mumbai: The United Nations said on Wednesday that it was not involved in the acts of recognition in its first reaction to the formation of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. It said only an inclusive agreement would bring lasting peace in Afghanistan.
“The United Nations Secretariat and the United Nations are not involved in acts of recognition of governments. This is a matter that is done by Member States, not by us. From our point of view with respect to today’s announcements only a negotiate and inclusive settlement will bring sustainable peace to Afghanistan.
“The United Nations is committed to contributing to a peaceful solution, promoting the human rights of all Afghans, promoting sustainable development in line with Agenda 2013, and providing life-saving humanitarian aid and vital assistance to civilians in need.” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated.
The Taliban named Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund as the leader of the caretaker government. Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s son, Mullah Yaqoob, has been appointed defence minister, while Haqqani network leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, assumed the role of interior minister.
The interim cabinet is led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, who is on a UN blacklist. Another figure, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is wanted by the FBI.
The Taliban government – who also on Tuesday declared Afghanistan an “Islamic Emirate” – faces tough challenges in the conflict-torn country, not least stabilising the economy and gaining international recognition.