Salahuddin Rabbani’s biography
In 2010, the Afghan government convened a consultative jirga announced on initiating peace talks with the Taliban. In line with the forum’s recommendation, Burhanuddin Rabbani was named chairman of the 70-member panel.
After Rabbani’s assassination, negotiations with the Taliban came to a halt for approximately six months. The United States, meanwhile, launched parleys with the insurgent movement in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where Taliban’s political bureau is expected to open soon.
Sallahuddin Rabbani was born in Kabul in 1971. He is originally from northeastern Badakhshan province. After graduating from high school, he went to Saudi Arabia for higher education. In 1995, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Marketing and Management from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran.
In Saudi Arabian, he worked for the Saudi oil giant -- ARAMCO. In 1996, he moved to Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, where he worked till 1998. Later that year, he returned to Afghanistan and worked at the Presidential Palace as an interpreter and advisor.
In June 1999, he went to London for higher studies and received his Master’s in Business Administration from the Kingston University's Business School in 2001.
A year later, Salahuddin joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2003 to 2006, he served as political consular at Afghanistan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.
In 2006, he left the Foreign Ministry and got admission to the Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he received his second Master’s' in International Affairs.
After graduating from the Columbia University in 2008,, he returned to Afghanistan and joined Jamiat-i-Islami's political department. In August 2010, he rejoined the Foreign Ministry and in December 2010 he was appointed as ambassador to Turkey.
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