Mohammad Zahir Agbar, the ambassador of the former government of Afghanistan, who considers himself the representative of the people of this country in Tajikistan, tore up a letter distributed on behalf of the “Taliban” in the presence of reporters.
This letter is an order to appoint a person as the first secretary of the Afghan embassy in Tajikistan, and it is signed by Amir Khan Muttaki, the minister of foreign affairs of the Taliban government. “Taliban”, who have been in power in Afghanistan for two years, have not officially said anything about this.
Who owns the consulate in Khorog?
Mohammad Zahir Agbar, the ambassador of the overthrown government of Afghanistan, said on November 7 during a press conference in Dushanbe that this letter or order appeared in some media and social networks. He tore up the letter and said, “Until the arrival of a legitimate system, this group (“Taliban”) has no legitimacy with us.”
“Taliban” authorities have not officially said anything about this letter. The ambassador of the former government of Afghanistan says that during the two years that the Taliban was in power, there was no connection with the government of this group. However, in March of this year, news was published that representatives of the “Taliban” government went to the Afghan consulate in the city of Khorog.
The building of the Consulate General of Afghanistan in Khorog was damaged in February this year due to an avalanche. The authorities of Tajikistan have not confirmed or denied the news of the arrival of representatives of the “Taliban” in the city of Khorug.
Muhammad Zahir Agbar, the ambassador of the former government of Afghanistan, said on November 7, in response to the question of a Radio Ozodi reporter, that the consulate of this country in Khorog is closed “due to lack of economic opportunities” and its employees continue to work in Dushanbe. “Our consular representative in Khorog is not under any circumstances with the Taliban,” said Mr. Agbar.
Where does the embassy come from?
After the overthrow of the republican system in Kabul, several countries, including Iran, left the diplomatic missions of Afghanistan in the hands of the Taliban group.
The government of Tajikistan is one of the critics of the “Taliban” and has not received diplomatic representatives of the group in the past two years, and the Afghan embassy is in the hands of representatives of the overthrown government. However, the purchase of goods and sale of electricity between Tajikistan and Afghanistan continues.
The ambassador of the former government of Afghanistan says that the consular section of the embassy is still active. “No country has recognized the Taliban and our visas are acceptable,” added Mohammadzahir Agbar.
The reporters asked him that if he does not receive money from the government of the “Taliban”, where will he cover the expenses of the embassy? The ambassador of the former government of Afghanistan did not give a specific answer to this question. It was observed that the building of the Afghan embassy was almost empty. One of its officials said that there are few employees here.
On August 15, 2021, the “Taliban” group took over the city of Kabul and announced its government. Two years later, no country has yet officially recognized this group as the new ruler of Afghanistan.
Despite the repeated requests of the “Taliban” government, the United Nations did not give Afghanistan’s seat in this international organization to the representatives of this group, and it remained in the hands of former Afghan diplomats.
Source : Радио Озоди