Afghan envoy to China resigns after months without pay – Action News Now

The ambassador was sent by the now-collapsed US-backed Afghan government before the Taliban took over

The now-defunct U.S.-backed Afghan government envoy to China has announced his resignation, a sign that Taliban officials are about to take over the mission.

The resignation was announced by the current former envoy in a brief Twitter statement on Monday.

Diplomat Javid Ahmad Qaem also shared several farewell photos of the delegation.

“End of honorable duty: I resigned as ambassador. It was an honor to represent Afghanistan and my people. There are many reasons, personal and professional, but I don’t want to mention them here,” the diplomat said.

The diplomat also posted a “Receipt” The date is January 1, and the funds and equipment left at the embassy are listed. According to the note, the mission has been unfunded for the past six months and has only about $100,000 remaining in its account. The facility also has five cars – two of which are only fit for scrap – with keys in the envoy’s office. All local employees were paid until January 20, after which they worked “It’s over.”

The note also heralds a new ambassador to take over the mission. Qaem did not reveal the identity of its successor, only naming it as “Mr. Sadat.”

Much of the mission’s diplomatic team has left, and the embassy is expected to be empty when Mr Sadat arrives. A timetable for the arrival of the new head of mission has not been officially provided.

“The diplomats sent by the republic have no interest in continuing to work after August 15, 2021. As a result, many of them took leave and left China. I believe that when the newly appointed Mr Sadat arrives in Beijing, there will be no more other diplomats.” described as follows.

Dozens of Afghan diplomatic missions have been stranded in the aftermath of the collapse of the U.S.-backed government of President Ashraf Ghani and the swift takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban last August. Multiple missions have taken an openly hostile stance against Afghanistan’s new rulers, insisting they continue to represent the collapsed government they were originally sent into. With the Taliban government still unrecognized around the world, the diplomatic dilemma will apparently continue for an unknown period of time.

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