The Taliban Thursday criticized a United Nations panel's decision to not allow the new Afghan government into the world body for now, in a severe setback to their efforts for international recognition and access to aid funds.

The Credentials Committee of the UN General Assembly that approves the diplomatic representation of each member state Wednesday deferred its decision on replacing the Afghan envoy with a Taliban representative on a seat at the global high table.

“This decision is not based on legal rules and justice because they have deprived the people of Afghanistan of their legitimate right,” Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen tweeted. EFE