In June of 2022, the UN Security Council must decide whether to adjust the current regime of sanctions against leadership of the Islamic Emirate, said the Hill, a US Washingon-focused news outlet, saying “it’s a consequential decision.”
The report said that the UN sanctions on the Islamic Emirate for years had included a ban on the leadership’s international travel, but the Security Council suspended that ban three years ago for the sake of a “reconciliation” process.
Analysts believe that the US will not impose the sanctions but there is a possibility.
“The US use this (sanction) as leverage but there is a possibility for its suspension to continue because the US is still hopeful of finding a diplomatic solution for Afghanistan, and traveling is important for that issue,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.
The Hill noted that the Islamic Emirate’s leaders used their travel freedom to cut separate deals with Russia, China and other neighbors, reinforcing their government while "refusing to negotiate with the elected Afghan government officials."
“A general meeting will be held in UN Security Council and member of the UNSC will meet,” said Suraya Paikan, a political analyst.
The Islamic Emirate has not expressed any comment on the matter.
Under the UN Security Council Resolution of 1998, which extended an even older set of sanctions from before 9/11, travel bans on the Islamic Emirate’s leadership accompanied financial sanctions and weapons embargos.
But the UNSC lifted the travel bans on senior leaders of the Islamic Emirate in April 2019.