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MoFA sacks tens of senior diplomats

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: At least 40 senior Afghan diplomats including 11 ambassadors were sacked due to over age and not meeting the norms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), said reports on Monday.

Pajhwok Afghan News quoted a source as saying that the decision was taken following the meeting of President Ashraf Ghani with the Foreign Minister, Salahuddin Rabbani.

The source said that the human resources department of the MoFA had been directed to sack 11 ambassadors.

The sacked diplomats include Azizulla Karzai, the ambassador of Afghanistan in Russia; Mohammad Qasim Falizili, the ambassador of Afghanistan in UNESCO; Ziauddin Mujaddidi, ambassador of Afghanistan in Czech Republic; Ghulam Hussain Ghairat, ambassador of Afghanistan in Indonesia; Najibullah Mudaddidi, ambassador of Afghanistan in United Arab Emirates (UAE); Sayid Ahmad Omar Khel, ambassador of Afghanistan in the Saudi Arabia; Mohammad Dawudyar, ambassador at Britain; Sham Lal, ambassador at Canada; Asadullah Omar, ambassador at France; Ziauddin Nizam, ambassador at Italy; and Nangialai Tarzi, ambassador of Afghanistan in Swiss.

Recently, reports said that most of employees of the MoFA were the relatives of government’s high ranking officials and former and current members of the parliament without considering the norms for working in key posts of the Foreign Ministry.

According to the article 60 of the Constitution, employees of the MoFA shall have diploma in law and political affairs, economics, journalism and management or any other related professions.

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