Rabbani pledges foreign policy overhaul
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Saturday said a new chapter in country’s foreign policy would be opened after formulation of foreign policy doctrine.
Rabbani presented his first 100-day plans to journalists in Kabul in six different segments of reforms, foreign policy doctrine, and follow-up of foreign relations, Afghan Diasporas’ rights and human rights.
Rabbani said reforms wasn’t just hiring and firing of the employees but needed long-term solutions strategies and evaluations.
Review and finalising of the human resources policy, finalising of the diplomatic services law and taking decisions about hiring new ambassadors and general consuls were among his other plans for first 100-day plans.
He added contracts of some of the advisors who were paid by foreign donors and were not required at the ministry anymore were not extended.
He added performance of the remaining advisors would also be evaluated in the next 100-days.
He also announced three embassies and a mission would be closed down and another embassy would be turned into a mission.
“In our first 100-days, we plan to close our embassies in Brazil, South Africa, and Hungary. Given the country’s economic situation these embassies did not only have effectiveness but have more expenses. Their responsibilities will go to the nearest embassies of other countries,” he continued, adding that the embassy in Bulgaria would be turned into a mission headed by a chargé d'affaires.
The foreign minister said contract-based employees of the ministry would be cut to half, buying buildings for missions and diplomatic residents were his other plans for the next 100-days.
He said formulation of country’s foreign policy doctrine and sending it to parliament for approval was his top priority.
In foreign relations doctrine, he added, they were focusing on two pivots of political-security and political-economy.
According to Rabbani, the foreign ministry had 10 programmes in hand to ensure the rights of Afghan diasporas, refugees and human rights.
Some of these programmes had been completed last month and the rest would be completed soon, he concluded.
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