Taliban News: India

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Taliban UN sanctions committee chairman and India’s permanent envoy to the UN, TS Tirumurti, says the Taliban have been granted travel ban exemption as provided for in the regime sanctions just to attend the peace talks.

Tirumurti also said that the expectations of the world community regarding Afghanistan and the configuration of the Taliban were clearly set out in UN Security Council Resolution 2593, which also set out counter-terrorism requirements.

Tirumurti, in his capacity as Chairman of the Taliban Sanctions Committee, briefed the UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan on Wednesday.

As a contiguous neighbor and a long-time partner of Afghanistan, India is concerned about the recent developments in Afghanistan, especially the deteriorating humanitarian situation, he said.

“Terrorism continues to pose a serious threat to Afghanistan and the region,” he said. Resolution 2593 noted the Taliban’s commitment not to allow the use of Afghan soil for terrorism, including terrorists and groups designated by UN Security Council Resolution 1267, he said. added.

“However, we must see concrete progress to ensure that these banned terrorist entities receive no support, tacit or direct, either from Afghan soil or from terrorist sanctuaries based in the region,” Tirumurti said.

“The commission fully supports the travel ban exemption for the listed Taliban to attend talks that are in the interest of promoting the prospect of peace and stability in Afghanistan. I would like to remind States members, however, that the travel ban exemption is for that end and purpose only,” Tirumurti said on Wednesday.

On December 22, 2021, the committee had extended the three-month travel ban exemption for 14 listed Taliban members. The ban continues until March 22, 2022. The country hosting the peace talks will be required to report to the committee within 30 days of the date of travel. As part of the travel ban exemption, a limited asset freeze exemption has also been granted to fund exempt travel.

The Taliban Sanctions Committee or the 1988 Security Council Committee lists three types of sanctions: assets freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo. Prior to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, travel ban exemptions were granted to Taliban leaders so that talks could be facilitated with the leadership of the Afghan republic.

ISIL’s continued presence and activities in Afghanistan remain a matter of concern as the terror group uses “despicable acts of terror” to demonstrate its power and influence at home and abroad, Tirumurti added.

He said the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team noted in its 2021 report that ties between the Taliban – largely through the Haqqani network – and al-Qaeda and foreign terrorist fighters remain strong. and based on ideological alignment and relationships forged through common struggle and intermarriage. .

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