A UN committee is to consider lifting international sanctions against some former Taliban figures. A vote on the issue will take place in New York on 16 June.
A UN committee is to consider lifting international sanctions against some former Taliban figures.
The Afghan government has asked for 18 people to be removed from the sanctions list. Sanctions include a travel ban and the freezing of assets.
The BBC reports the request is seen as part of broader efforts to promote reconciliation in Afghanistan and to explore the possibility of peace talks.
A vote on the issue will take place in New York on 16 June.
The sanctions were imposed in 1999, when the Taliban were in power, and were expanded after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
One of those on the list, Mohammed Qalamuddin, was the head of the religious police under the Taliban. He banned make-up and high heels for women and television for everyone.
The BBC reports he has since been appointed by President Hamid Karzai to the High Peace Council, a group that is supposed to prepare the way for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.