Taliban government calls on UN to remove its members from blacklist

The Taliban government has called on the United Nations to remove its members from the blacklist.

Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the inclusion of Taliban members on the UN blacklist was a violation of the Doha Agreement; the international community should talk to the Afghan caretaker government instead of pressuring it.

Zabihullah Mujahid said that many times he has said that pressure and force will not yield any result, the 20-year Afghan war proved that Afghans do not give up in the face of pressure, and the path of dialogue and compromise is better.

“We have 20 to 25 members on the UN blacklist, some of the blacklisted members have died, some are alive and some are now working in the Afghan government,” he said.

The UN immunity to the 13 members of the blacklisted Taliban had not yet been extended due to the Security Council not reaching an agreement.

The UN immunity to Taliban members ended in August 2022.