Two days after Mohammad Zahir Agbar, the ambassador of the former Afghan government in Dushanbe, tore up a letter circulated on behalf of the “Taliban” in the presence of reporters, the content of which was the appointment of a person as the first secretary of the embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban government, somehow reacted to it.
Muhammad Zahir Agbar also said in the presence of reporters on November 7 that the Consulate of this country in Khorog is closed “due to lack of economic opportunities” and its employees continue to work in Dushanbe.
However, in the video that Hafiz Zia Ahmed, the deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban, published on his page X (Twitter) on November 9, a person named Naqibullah Dehqanzada talks and introduces himself as the patron of the Afghan Consulate in Khorugh, Tajikistan. . In this video, he says, in particular, that he works under the direct support and supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate (the Taliban call their government the “Islamic Emirate”. RO).
“Recently, irresponsible and far from the truth statements of Mr. Zahir Agbar, the former ambassador of Afghanistan, regarding the activities of this mission were published through the media. The Consulate General of Afghanistan in Khorog is an independent mission and is directly under the support and guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate. operates according to its legal powers and methods and provides consular services”, he says in this video.
Naqibullah Dehqanzada continues to say that after the fall of the previous government of Afghanistan, the range of activities of this representative office has expanded to include the issuance of passports and visas for Afghan citizens living in Tajikistan. In another part of his speech, he thanked the Tajik authorities for opening border crossings and markets, and said that there is coordination with the Tajik side in the areas of transportation, trade, border issues and prisoners.
Radio Ozodi appealed to the Afghan Consulate in Khorog for the accuracy of this video. A person named Zikriya Siddiqi, who said that he works in the consular department, confirmed that this video is real and that the person speaking in it is Mr. Dehqanzada.
Several other sources in Dushanbe confirmed to Radio Ozodi that the person talking in the video is Naqibullah Dehqanzada and he has been working as a diplomat in Tajikistan since the time of the previous government of Afghanistan.
Mohammad Zahir Agbar, the former ambassador of Afghanistan in Dushanbe, on November 10, in response to this video, expressed in a written response to Radio Ozodi that the Embassy had expressed its position regarding the Consulate General of Afghanistan in the city of Khorog two days ago at a press conference.”This consulate was suspended by the embassy from 8 months ago through an official note, and we have no formalities. Therefore, there is no need for further explanation and response”, – replied Mohammad Zahir Agbar.
The authorities of Tajikistan have not reacted to this conflict of Afghan diplomats in Tajikistan.
However, some political figures in Afghanistan reacted to the scandal of Afghan diplomats in Tajikistan. In particular, Ato Muhammad Noor, the former governor of Balkh province, described Muhammad Zahir Agbar on his page on the X network (Twitter).
This year, it is the second time that the name of the Afghan Consulate in Khorog is in the headlines. In February of this year, the consulate building was damaged by an avalanche. In March of this year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban reported that a delegation visited the Afghan consulate in the city of Khorog. The authorities of Tajikistan have not confirmed or denied the news of the arrival of representatives of the “Taliban” in the city of Khorug .
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.
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.
Source : Радио Озоди