The United Nations has removed former president Ashraf Ghaniís name from its list of Heads of State. The list was released on the UN website on February 15. The name of Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the former foreign minister, also has been removed from the list of Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
Naseer Ahmad Faiq, however, has been named as Chargé affairs of Afghanistan on the list of permanent representatives of states to the UN.
Afghanistanís seat at the UN became a contested issue after the resignation of the former ambassador and permanent representative of Afghanistan to the UN Ghulam Mohammad Ishaczai.
After Ishaczaiís resignation, Faiq was appointed as the Chargé díaffaires. However, later Afghanistanís permanent mission to the UN issued a statement saying that Mohammad Wali Naeemi, deputy representative of the mission, has become Chargé díaffaires of the mission instead of Faiq.
Mohammad Haneef Atmar, calling himself the "foreign minister of the republic government," reportedly had written a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, saying Naeemi will assume the leadership of the permanent mission as a Chargé díaffaires of Afghanistan.
According to the letter, when Isaczai resigned, based on principle, Naeemi would have assumed the responsibility but since he was ill, Faiq was appointed as the Chargé díaffaires.
The statement said that as Naeemi was recovered, he has become the Chargé díaffaires of the permanent mission and Faiq will continue working in the mission in his previous role.
"Considering that Naeemi as the deputy representative has recovered, and based on the UNís standards that after the ambassador and the permanent representative his deputy will take over responsibilities, Naeemi has taken the responsibilities as Chargé díaffaires from 4th February 2022," reads the statement.
In the statement, Mohammad Haneef Atmar called himself the "foreign minister of Afghanistan."
Talking to TOLOnews on Tuesday, Faiq said Atmarís letter to the UN was not accepted and Ghaniís and Atmarís name have been removed from the UN system.
"Atmarís letter and his attempt to introduce a new acting head of mission led the UN departments, including legal and political sections, to assess the letter. Then, it was decided that the former government was not official after its collapse on August 15 and that the letter was not considered. This also led to the removal of their names from the UN system," Faiq said.
Ashraf Ghani and Hanif Atmar have yet to comment on the UNís recent move.