UN Removes Afghan President Ghani’s Name As Its Heads of State List

The United Nations has removed former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s name from its list of Heads of State, and Afghan former Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar from the list of Ministers for Foreign affairs.

The list was released on the UN website while the UN also removed the name of Ghani’s wife, Rula Ghani, as Afghanistan’s first lady.

Naseer Ahmad Faiq, however, has been named as Chargé affairs of Afghanistan on the list of Permanent Representatives of States to the UN.

Ghulam Mohammad Ishaczai, former ambassador and permanent representative of Afghanistan to the UN had resigned soon after the Taliban toppled the Western-backed government in Afghanistan and since then Afghanistan’s seat at the UN became a contested issue.

The Taliban wanted its representative to be appointed as the new ambassador, however, it was rejected as the international community has not recognized their regime as a legitimate government so far.

After Ishaczai’s resignation, Faiq was appointed as the Chargé d’affaires. However, later Afghanistan’s permanent mission to the UN issued a statement saying that Mohammad Wali Naeemi, deputy representative of the mission, has become Chargé d’affaires of the mission instead of Faiq.

Atmar who in a letter positioning himself as “foreign minister of Afghanistan” had reportedly written a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, saying Naeemi will assume the leadership of the permanent mission as a Chargé d’affaires of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Faiq said Atmar’s letter to the UN was not accepted because Ghani’s and Atmar’s names have been removed from the UN system.

Former President Ghani and his former foreign minister Atmar did not comment on the UN’s decision over removing their names.

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