The divided UN Security Council has failed to reach agreement on whether to extend travel exemptions for 13 Taliban officials now ruling Afghanistan.
UN diplomats said Russia and China want to allow all 13 to continue to travel while the US and western nations are determined to cut the number to protest the Taliban’s rollback of women’s rights and failure to form an inclusive government as it promised.
Russia and China asked for more time on Friday evening to consider the latest US proposal, the Security Council diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions have been private.
It means the travel ban will be levelled on all 13 Taliban officials until Monday afternoon at the earliest when Russia and China must respond to the US proposal.
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