Afghanistan’s permanent mission to the UN on Wednesday issued a statement saying that Mohammad Wali Naeemi, deputy representative of the mission, has become Chargé d'affaires of the mission instead of Naseer Ahmad Faiq, who had become Chargé d'affaires after the resignation of the former ambassador and permanent representative of Afghanistan Ghulam Mohammad Isaczai.
Earlier, Mohammad Haneef Atmar, calling himself the "foreign minister of the republic government," reportedly wrote a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, saying Naeemi will assume the leadership of the permanent mission as a Chargé d'affaires 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 d'affaires.
The statement says now that Naeemi is recovered, he has become the Chargé d'affaires 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 UN’s standards that after the ambassador and the permanent representative his deputy will take over responsibilities, Naeemi has taken the responsibilities as Chargé d'affaires from 4th February 2022,” reads the statement.
In the statement, Mohammad Haneef Atmar called himself the ‘foreign minister of Afghanistan.’
On Tuesday, Faiq said corrupt officials of the previous government were attempting to stifle his voice in order to prevent him from sharing the Afghan people's concerns for justice.
“I would like to share and disclose ongoing evil plots and conspiracies against me, by corrupt individuals and traitors from the former corrupt government officials, particularly since my last statement at the UNSC meeting on 26 January during which I announced that I am not representing the former corrupt government. At the UNSC meeting, I also called on the UNSC for the freezing and confiscation of Afghanistan’s assets illegally transferred to accounts of the former corrupt government officials, and called for holding them accountable,” Faiq said on twitter.