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Afghan envoy to China quits after six months of no pay

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Afghan envoy to China quits after six months of no pay

Afghanistan’s ambassador to China on Monday left a colorful resignation note for his successor after the Taliban takeover, revealing that staff have not been paid for months and that only one receptionist has been left to attend. the telephones.

Javid Ahmad Qaem took to Twitter to detail how he had to withdraw money from the embassy’s bank account to pay staff after the Taliban took over Afghanistan last August.

“Since we have not received salaries from Kabul for the last six months, we assigned a committee within the diplomats to solve the financial problems,” Qaem wrote in a letter to the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated January 1 but posted on the networks. social on Monday.

Still, he left some funds for his successor.

“As of today, January 1, 2022, there is about $ 100,000 left in the account.”

He didn’t say where he would go next.

In a portrait of a barely functioning embassy, ​​Qaem’s letter revealed that he had left the keys to the five embassy cars at his office and that a single local employee had been assigned to answer inquiries after all the other diplomats. they left.

Many of Afghanistan’s embassies are in diplomatic limbo, run by staff still loyal to the West-backed government overthrown by the Taliban.

Several Afghan diplomats have left their posts in Beijing since the fall of Kabul, Qaem wrote, calling their resignation “the end of honorable responsibility” in an accompanying tweet.

“I believe that when the new appointee, Mr. Sadaat, arrives in Beijing, there will be no other diplomats left,” the letter said, adding that China was “well informed.”

Diplomatic limbo
The whereabouts of his successor, or who had appointed him, was not immediately clear and there was no immediate comment from Taliban officials in Kabul.

The Afghan embassy in Beijing appeared open as usual Monday afternoon, with the internationally recognized Afghan tricolor held high and two security guards outside.

Qaem, who has served as ambassador since November 2019, expressed concern about the Taliban in media interviews shortly after China received a visiting delegation in July.

Weeks later, the Taliban captured Kabul and formed a new Islamist government.

Since then, Afghanistan has been plunged into financial chaos, with inflation and unemployment on the rise.

China has provided Afghanistan with millions in aid since taking power, and the new regime sees Beijing as a crucial source of investment.

However, the Taliban have not appointed new representatives for most missions and their rule is not recognized by any nation.

Beijing is not the only Afghan embassy that has apparently fallen into disarray.

Police were called to the country’s embassy in Rome last week when a fired Afghan diplomat attacked the ambassador after claiming he had been appointed to replace him, the mission said.

The Taliban Foreign Ministry in Kabul said the diplomat still had a valid contract and his dismissal was illegal.

There has also been a diplomatic showdown at the UN, with representatives from the previous and current regime claiming the seat of Afghanistan.

At the end of last year, the UN Security Council indefinitely postponed taking a decision on the matter.

Source Credit: TheGuardian

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