Afghanistan’s envoy to China steps down after months without pay — Analysis

The ambassador was despatched by the now-collapsed US-backed Afghan authorities earlier than the Taliban takeover

The envoy of the now-defunct US-backed Afghan authorities to China has introduced his resignation, signaling the approaching takeover of the mission by a Taliban official.

The resignation was introduced by the now former envoy in a quick Twitter assertion on Monday.

The diplomat, Javid Ahmad Qaem, additionally shared a handful of farewell photographs from the mission.

“The tip to an honorable duty: I give up my job as Ambassador. It was an honor to characterize Afghanistan and my individuals. There are a lot of causes, private {and professional}, however I don’t wish to point out them right here,” the diplomat mentioned.

The diplomat additionally posted a “handover word,” dated January 1, itemizing the funds and gear left on the embassy. The mission has been left with out funding over the previous six months, with just some $100,000 left in its account, in response to the word. The power additionally has 5 automobiles – two of that are solely match for scrap – with the keys sitting on the envoy’s workplace. All of the native employees have been paid as much as January 20, after which their jobs “are completed.”

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The word additionally indicators an impending takeover of the mission by a brand new ambassador. Qaem didn’t reveal the id of his successor, naming him solely as “Mr. Sadaat.”

Lots of the mission’s diplomatic staff have already left their posts, with the embassy anticipated to be empty by the point Mr. Sadaat arrives. No timeframe for the arrival of the brand new head of the mission has been formally offered.

“The diplomats assigned by the Republic weren’t to proceed after fifteenth August 2021. Due to this fact, a lot of them took depart and left China. I consider when the brand new individual assigned, Mr. Sadaat, arrives to Beijing, there will probably be no different diplomat left,” the word reads.

Dozens of Afghanistan’s diplomatic missions have been left in limbo after the collapse of the nation’s US-propped authorities of President Ashraf Ghani and the speedy takeover by the Taliban final August. A number of missions took an overtly hostile stance towards the brand new rulers of Afghanistan, insisting that they’ve continued to characterize the collapsed authorities that initially despatched them in. With the Taliban authorities nonetheless remaining unrecognized worldwide, the diplomatic limbo is outwardly set to proceed for an unknown time period.

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