Publish dateSaturday 20 August 2022 - 14:40
Story Code : 257378
Extending IEA travel ban exemptions
After failing to reach an agreement on a possible extension, The United Nations ended the travel ban exemptions for 13 Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials
Afghan Voice Agency(AVA)_Monitoring, Under a 2011 UN Security Council resolution, 135 IEA officials are facing sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans. Of these, 13 were granted exemptions from the travel ban.

Russia and China want to allow all 13 to continue to travel. On the other hand, the US and Western nations want to reduce the number to protest IEA’s record of women’s rights and failure to form an inclusive government, Deutsche Welle reported citing UN diplomats.

Ireland had also objected to the extension, AFP said, citing diplomatic sources. The latest proposal on the table, put forward by the US, would ban travel for seven of the IEA officials and keep the travel waivers for six others for 90 days with no geographic limits.

If no member of the Council objects by Monday afternoon, it would come into force for three months. In the meantime, the waiver for the 13 currently in place expired at the end of Friday, AP reported.
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