Taliban gets travel ban exemption only to attend peace talks

The chair of the Taliban sanctions committee, Indian envoy to UN TS Tirumurti has said that the Taliban gets the travel ban exemption as envisaged under the sanctions region only to attend peace talks.

Envoy Tirumurti said, “Committee fully supports the travel ban exemption for listed Taliban to attend talks that are in the interest of promoting the prospect for peace and stability in Afghanistan. I would remind the member states, however, that the travel ban exemption is for this purpose and this purpose only.”

On December 22, 2021, the committee had extended the three-month travel ban exemption for 14 listed Taliban members. The ban continues till March 22, 2022. The country which hosts the peace talks will be required to report to the committee within 30 days from the date of the travel. As part of the travel ban exemption, a limited asset freeze exemption was also given to finance the exempted travel.

Indian envoy TS Tirumurti is the current chair of the committee till 31st December 2022. The Committee comprises all 15 members of the Security Council and makes its decision by consensus. It has two vice-chairs as well, Russia and UAE.