The United Nations Security Council is reportedly “deadlocked” over whether to renew the travel ban waivers for the Taliban officials in Afghanistan, whose travel exemptions are due to expire on Friday, August 19.

Russia and China suggested renewing the travel exemption of 13 Taliban officials for another 90 days, but this proposal was rejected by Britain, France, Albania, and Ireland, according to Amanda Price of Al Jazeera, who cited Security Council diplomats.

Ireland has also resisted a 30-day rollover, Price tweeted on late Wednesday.

China and Russia declined to consent to the United States’ proposal to extend the waivers for 6 Taliban officials to travel only to Qatar.

The two of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China and Russia however, suggested that all 13 Taliban officials have their travel privileges restricted to China, Russia, and other regional countries.

According to rights groups, the measures should be reinstated due to the Taliban’s oppression of Afghan women since assuming control last year, as a waiver that exempts senior Taliban officials from a long-standing UN travel ban and accompanying penalties is scheduled to expire on Friday.

Two Taliban education officials had their travel privileges canceled because the Taliban restricted women’s and girls’ access to education, even though 13 others had their travel ban waivers renewed earlier for at least two months, to expire on August 19.

At a time when the Taliban had permitted the entry and stay of al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who was killed in a US drone strike in Kabul, the Afghan capital, the Security Council is at a stalemate on travel exempt extension matter, where unanimity and consensus are necessary.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).