Biden wants UN sanctions on Taliban to end


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FP UN star reporter Colum Lynch anchors himself today with a scoop on the Biden administration’s diplomacy with the Taliban. And here is what is planned for the day: France says its army took out the most senior man in the Islamic State in the Sahel, American envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad log the withdrawal with Foreign police, and UK-China diplomatic tensions are intensifying.

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The United States has asked the UN Security Council to extend a sanctions waiver allowing more than a dozen senior Taliban officials to travel abroad to participate in international talks aimed at stabilizing Afghanistan.

The move comes just weeks after the United States and the UN issued a veiled warning to the Taliban that if they proceed with their military overthrow of the government, they could face a reimposition of UN sanctions. The Taliban ignored the warning, continuing a lightning military offensive that allowed them to capture all of Afghanistan’s major cities, including the capital Kabul.

The Trump administration persuaded the UN Security Council in 2019 to grant a sanctions waiver to key Taliban leaders, allowing them to participate in political talks in Doha with chief US negotiator Zalmay Khalizad aimed at pave the way for the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Decision to extend waiver removes key leverage the Biden administration and others had wielded to pressure the Taliban to abide by the terms of a power-sharing deal they had made with states -United in the context of the American withdrawal. plan.

In early August, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons urged the UN Security Council to “[make] clear ”to the Taliban that the exemptions from sanctions were“ based on engagement and progress in the peace process ”. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, a senior American diplomat, also underline that the Taliban’s failure to reduce the violence that threatens peace and stability in Afghanistan would affect the Security Council’s deliberations on whether to extend the waiver.

The US memo calls for the waiver of the travel ban for 14 Taliban officials – which is due to expire on September 20 – to be extended until December 22, and that sanctioned officials also be allowed to withdraw funds from frozen bank accounts for pay travel expenses. The waiver would only apply to trips made to promote “peace and stability” in Afghanistan, according to the note.

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From the State Department side: career diplomat Donald lu took over from the State Department high official for South and Central Asia on Wednesday, after a long wait in limbo for Senate confirmation thanks to a blanket on State Department candidates on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline by Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Lu will be one of the top State Department officials overseeing US policy in Afghanistan.

The White House sent the nominations of four ambassadors to the Senate this week for confirmation: Rahm Emmanuel for Japan, R. Nicholas Burns for China, Michael battle for Tanzania, and Thomas barrett for Luxembourg.

And on Capitol Hill: Republicans on House Foreign Affairs Committee appealed to former CNN Pentagon reporter Ryan browne as lead investigator to study the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Browne previously served as a contractor advising the Afghan National Army.

The Downing Street reshuffle. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reshuffled his cabinet this week, moving Dominique raab from foreign minister to deputy prime minister and justice secretary after Raab was criticized for being on vacation during the fall of Kabul. It will be replaced by Liz truss, the former trade secretary who has been criticized for targeting ‘waking’ culture in Britain and sometimes being too impatient to get post-Brexit trade deals across the finish line.

In the land of think tanks, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace chooses the judge of the Supreme Court of California Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar be its new president. Cuéllar was previously a special assistant in the Obama White House.

Which should be at the top of your radar, if it isn’t already.

The last days. No one in the Biden administration had a closer eye on the US war in Afghanistan, “nut soup,” as the jargon says, than Zalmay Khalilzad, who is getting hot in Washington. these days for orchestrating US talks with the Taliban. which, according to some critics, paved the way for the group’s final victory.

In a Foreign police maintenance, Khalilzad said he urged Taliban negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar not to attack Kabul and to discuss with former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani the formation of a new government. But Washington is still grappling with the question of why and how the government in Kabul collapsed so quickly, he said.

Sahel suddenly. The French army succeeded in eliminating one of the main militants of the Islamic State who would be at the origin of an ambush in 2017 which claimed the lives of four American soldiers, senior French officials said Thursday.

During a three-day operation near the Saharan border between Mali and Niger, the French army targeted Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi and his henchmen with drone and fighter jet strikes, and 20 soldiers stormed a hiding place during a commando raid. Al-Sahrawi was reportedly killed in a drone strike that targeted two people in the back of a motorcycle.

Worse scenario. The Taiwanese military conducted an exercise this week to prepare for a hypothetical Chinese attack that destroys Taipei’s main airfields, forcing the island’s air force to convert rural roads into runways. The move comes as China has increasingly flexed its military might over Taiwan, while the eyes of the Pentagon have focused on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. People’s Liberation Army has stolen 19 fighters and bombers in Taiwan airspace over Labor Day weekend.

Big Ben’s ban. China’s envoy to UK was Rod to come to parliament, after Beijing imposed travel bans on a handful of British lawmakers upset by human rights violations in Xinjiang. Zheng Zeguang was due to attend a summer party in the House of Commons with the agency’s Chinese parliamentary group, but was kicked out after conservative members who had been hit with travel bans from China raised concerns . The Chinese Embassy in London called the move “despicable and cowardly” in a statement.

A Russian helicopter flies overhead as Turkish and Russian military vehicles patrol northeastern Syria’s Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on September 16.Delil Souleiman / AFP via Getty Images

Take the time to read this exciting account in Task and objective from Captain Charlie Anderson, who serves in the Army National Guard, on what it was like on the ground in Kabul during the mass evacuation operation. “No one could have predicted how it turned out. The whole situation was surreal, ”he writes.

The Australia-UK-US partnership for building nuclear-powered submarines may be popular among Asian hands, but let’s face it, your SitRep the hosts are not in love with the name the Biden administration gave it, “AUKUS”. (Biden himself conceded it “sounds strange with all these acronyms” in the White House.)

So, SitRep readers, let’s forgive the introduction of AUKUS and give this group a new name. Don’t limit yourself to acronyms (or hey, even add new countries to the pact). We will start with some ideas: “CAUUKUS”, a pact that includes Canada, by Robbie; Jack suggested adding Russia to do “RAUUKUS” things.

September 20: Canada is holding an early federal election pitting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau against Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole.

September 21: The debate opens at the United Nations General Assembly.

September 26: Germany is holding federal elections to choose a successor to outgoing 16-year-old Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is stepping down.

“I want to thank this man from below. Thanks a lot, mate. Appreciate it, Prime Minister.

– Biden appears to forget the name of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a virtual press conference Wednesday announcing the trilateral regrouping of AUKUS with the United Kingdom.

Without mercy. Pope Francis stresses the importance of getting the coronavirus vaccine, and he’s not afraid of making enemies at the College of Cardinals. Speaking in Rome on Wednesday, Francis appeared to take a hit at US Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was treated for COVID-19 after spreading misinformation about the vaccine. “Even at the College of Cardinals, there are anti-vaccines, and one of them, the poor one, is hospitalized with the virus”, François noted. “But life is ironic.”

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