Taliban demands end to travel ban — Analysis

The Afghan militants say they can bring “security and stability” where the US and NATO failed

In the interests of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), should remove any sanctions against its members. They also need to allow their members to travel. “dialogue and engagement”With the rest of the world.

If you are looking for a statementOn Saturday, the Security Council was urged by a spokesperson of the group to stop the group from calling for its dissolution. “use sanctions as a pressure tool.”A day earlier, the council did not reach an agreement to grant a sanction waiver to 13 Taliban senior officials who could travel overseas to attend conferences and talks.

In 2011 some 135 Taliban officials were subject to travel bans, asset freezes and other restrictions by the UNSC. But exemptions were given to 13 of them in 2019 for their participation in peace talks with Qatar.

With the Taliban back in power after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, the UNSC’s members are deadlocked on how to treat the militants. US proposes to reinstate the travel ban for seven officials and allow six others to travel to Qatar. Russia and China suggested that the waiver should be extended by 90 days for travel only to Russia, China or Qatar. “regional countries,” Al Jazeera reported.

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Western diplomats have cited the Taliban’s failure to form an multi-ethnic government and rollbacks in women’s rights as justifications for the travel ban.

But, Taliban was not accused “some bigoted Western circles”You can use the ban “create distance between Afghanistan and the world.”

“If the travel ban is extended, it will create distance instead of promoting dialogue and engagement, an outcome that must be prevented,”The group stated. “An Afghanistan where [the] US, NATO and 50 nations with full strength failed to establish peace and stability, today’s security and stability therein is in the interest of the whole world.”

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