Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Address: Malek Asghar St. Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel.: 0093 (0) 20 2100372
0093 (0) 70 0104173
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Minister Salahuddin Rabbani was born in Kabul on May 10, 1971. He earned his BSc in Management and Marketing from Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1995. He then served in the Financial Accounting department of Saudi Aramco before moving to the United Arab Emirates to work in the private sector in 1996. Minister Rabbani received his MA in Business and Management from Kingston University in the United Kingdom in 2000.
He subsequently joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, serving as Political Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nation in New York. During his tenure, he represented Afghanistan in the First Committee of the United Nations’ General Assembly on Disarmament and International Security, and also covered a wide-range of issues at the UN Security Council related to international peace and security.
In 2006, he left the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pursue his second post-graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and completed his MA in International Affairs in 2008. Soon after, he returned to Afghanistan and served as a Political Advisor to his late father, Former President Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, who continued to play a constructive role in the country as head of the Jamiat-e-Islami political party and first Chairman of the High Peace Council.
In 2010, Minister Rabbani was appointed Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Turkey. Following the tragic assassination of his father in September 2011, he was selected head of Jamiat-e-Islami.
In March 2012, then Afghan President Hamid Karzai appointed Minister Rabbani as the new Chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council. His appointment was supported and endorsed broadly by the members of the Council. As Chairman, he succeeded his late father in leading a comprehensive national dialogue effort, aimed at initiating talks with elements of the armed opposition for a peaceful settlement to the Afghan conflict.
Following the formation of the Government of National Unity, Mr. Rabbani was nominated by H.E. President Ashraf Ghani to serve as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in January 12, 2015. His nomination received vote of confidence by the Afghan Wolesi Jirga (Parliament) in January 28, 2015, and just days later, on the February 1, 2015, he was sworn into office.
Minister Rabbani is married and has four children.
As a Muslim nation, Afghanistan is determined to become a member of the family of pluralistic democracies; and a bridge between the Islamic World and the West, by pursuing a multilateral, cooperative and confident foreign policy.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s diplomacy is based on the fundamental beliefs, values and goals, which are anchored in Articles 7 and 8 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: The state shall regulate the foreign policy of the country on the basis of preserving the independence, national interests and territorial integrity as well as non-interference, good neighborliness, mutual respect and equality of rights (article 8). The state shall observe the United Nations Charter, inter-state agreements, as well as international treaties to which Afghanistan has joined, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...(article 7)
In this critical moment of our history, Afghanistan has started the process of reconstruction and democratization.
Parallel to the emerging partnership between Afghanistan and the international community, Afghanistan’s foreign relations have undergone major changes. Following the collapse of the Taliban regime, the Afghan Government has begun a proactive policy to strengthen and consolidate its relations with the international community.
Afghanistan is determined not only to be a land-bridge between Central Asia, the Sub-Continent and the Middle East, but also a bridge between the Islamic world and the family of pluralistic democracies. We recognize the difficulties for such an undertaking. However, we remain confident with the support of our international partners, we can indeed move in that direction.