The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Friday said those Taliban members whose names are on the United Nations blacklist are traveling freely while they are not allowed to do so, referring to the participation of some members of the group at Moscow talks this week.
Led by Taliban’s chief negotiator Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, ten senior officials from the group this week travelled to Moscow for talks with Afghan politicians.
According to MoFA, a number of members of Taliban delegation who participated in the Moscow talks are on the UN blacklist.
“They (Taliban members who are on the UN blacklist) do not have the permission to freely travel, and they are on the terrorist groups’ list in many countries,” MoFA spokesman Sebghat Ahmadi told TOLOnes on Friday.
“Individuals such as Stanikzai and his fellows who visited Russia are sanctioned by the UN,” he added.
Hours after the closure of Moscow talks, Afghanistan’s government lodged a complaint with the UN over the Taliban blacklisted members travel to Russia.
Nazifullah Salarzai, deputy of Afghanistan’s permanent representative to the UN confirmed that Afghanistan has lodged the complaint.
“We have shared with the UN Security Council’s 1988’s committee the visit of those Taliban members to Moscow who are sanctioned by the UN,” said Ahamdi.
Taliban reacted to the Afghan government’s move by saying that “it shows Kabul administration’s reluctance towards peace”.
The group said in a statement that those Taliban representatives who attended Moscow talks “are not included in the UN blacklist”.
Reports, however, said four members of the Taliban who appeared in Moscow are blacklisted by the UN.
An Afghan analyst, Ahmad Saeedi, said rift within the government and among political parties “will affect Afghanistan and its peace process”.
Russia’s Foreign Office has said that US forces withdrawal from Afghanistan will be a step towards the beginning of the peace talks adding that US should put into practice the agreement made between Taliban and the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha talks.
The Afghan government, which was not invited to attend the Moscow talks, said the talks will not help in the Afghan peace process adding that it was a ‘political and scientific discussion’ rather than talks on the Afghan peace.