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Taliban request to address UN opposed by German FM


UNITED NATIONS: Taliban requested to address UN which was opposed by German foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

“To schedule a show at the United Nations won´t serve anything,” Maas told reporters.”What’s important are concrete deeds and not just words.” A day earlier, the Taliban had asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week and nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador, according to a letter seen by a British wire agency.

Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi had made the request in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. Muttaqi asked to speak during the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, which finishes on Monday. Guterres’ spokesperson, Farhan Haq, confirmed Muttaqi’s letter.

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