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Afghanistan turmoil

Afghanistan withdraws U.N. General Assembly address at 11th hour

Representative from the deposed Ghani regime was set to speak Monday

Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador Ghulam Isaczai addresses the United Nations Security Council regarding the situation in Afghanistan on Aug. 16.   © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- No representative from Afghanistan addressed the United Nations General Assembly Monday as the current ambassador Ghulam Isaczai -- appointed by deposed President Ashraf Ghani in July -- made an 11th-hour decision not to take the floor.

The Afghan U.N. mission, which Isaczai leads, announced in a tweet Monday that it had withdrawn its statement to the assembly after consulting with other U.N. members "for the sake of national interests, lofty and long-term interests, and also for the sake of securing Afghanistan's seat in the United Nations."

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