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11 ambassadors among 40 dismissed

11 ambassadors among 40 dismissed

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Mar 02, 2015 - 20:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Around 40 Afghan diplomats, including 11ambassadors, have been dismissed "on the basis of their tenure and age and not meeting the required criteria”, sources said on Monday.

A government source told Pajhwok Afghan News the decision to sack the diplomats came at a meeting between President Ashraf Ghani and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

The decision follows Pajhwok findings that most diplomats appointed by MoFA are family members and relatives of government officials and lawmakers and they had been appointed against rules and merit policy.

Pajhwok found that mostly sons and close relatives of government officials and members of parliament held key posts in Afghanistaninfo-icon embassies abroad and most of them had sought political asylum.

The names of those sacked have been referred to the human resources department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for further process, the source said on condition of anonymity.

They include Azizullah Karzai, ambassador to Russia, Mohammad Qasim Fazelim, ambassador to UNESCO,  Ziauddin Mujadedi, ambassador to Czech Republic, Ghulam Sakhi Ghaerat, ambassador to Indonesia, Najibullah Mujadedi, ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Sayed Ahmad Amarkhail, the ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Muhammad Dawood Yaar, ambassador to the United Kingdom, Sham Lal, ambassador to Canada, Assadullah Omar, ambassador to France, Ziauddin Nezam, ambassador to Italy and Nangialai Tarzi, ambassador to Switzerland are among those asked to step down from their posts.

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