The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has announced plans for a private meeting to discuss the independent evaluation of the situation in Afghanistan. The goal of the conference, which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed appreciation for, is to discuss the main points raised in Resolution 2721, which was adopted on December 29, 2023.
In addition to other things, the resolution asked the Secretary-General to designate a Special Envoy for Afghanistan after consulting with different interested parties. It also welcomed the plan to call the Special Representatives and Envoys’ next meeting on Afghanistan. The council promoted debates over the suggestions derived from the third-party evaluation. Within sixty days, the Secretary-General is required to report to the council on the results of these consultations. Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, is anticipated to provide a briefing during the meeting; however, the precise date is still unknown.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate, which presently rules Afghanistan, has voiced displeasure with the selection of a Special Envoy. According to Zabihullah Mujahid, the Islamic Emirate’s spokesperson, there is no need for such an appointment since there isn’t a conflict or other pressing issue in Afghanistan currently.
Political analysts, however, have differing viewpoints on the subject. The appointment of a special representative is seen favourably by political analyst Sayed Jawad Sajadi. Sajadi highlights that the effectiveness of the representative’s job depends on the adaptability of Afghan politicians and the resolute backing of the permanent members of the UNSC.
Another political expert, Tariq Farhadi, believes that Afghanistan could benefit from improved international connections as a result of the appointment of a special envoy. Farhadi thinks that in the future, the Islamic Emirate may be recognised internationally as a result of this diplomatic endeavour.
This development comes after senior Islamic Emirate leaders declared that Afghanistan does not require a new representative. The conflicting opinions draw attention to the difficulties associated with international attempts to resolve the Afghan crisis and the varying opinions regarding the need for a Special Envoy.
The world is keeping a careful eye on the UN Security Council as it organises its private meetings, curious to see how these diplomatic efforts may affect Afghanistan’s future and its connections with other countries.