Lavrov: International recognition of the Taliban is not being considered
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that international recognition of the Taliban was not currently being considered.
"The issue of international recognition of the Taliban is not on the table at the moment," Lavrov told a news conference.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the annual meeting of world leaders in New York at the UN General Assembly, and his comments came after the Taliban appointed a representative to the UN, sparking a dispute over Afghanistan's representation in the international body.
The Taliban in Kabul have informed the UN that Afghanistan no longer represents the current representative and that they have appointed Suhain Shaheen, a spokesman for the organization in Doha, as the new ambassador to the UN.
The Taliban demanded that they address the world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York, and Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutak sent a letter to the UN with such a request.
Afghanistan's current ambassador to the United Nations, Ghulam Isakzai, who represents the government ousted by the Taliban, has also called for renewed UN accreditation.
Russia is a member of the nine-member UN Accreditation Committee, along with China and the United States, which will discuss conflicting demands for Afghanistan's representation at the UN later this year.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has previously said that the Taliban's desire for international recognition is the only lever that other countries can use to put pressure on them to form an inclusive government and respect human rights, especially for women.