The Islamic Emirate dismissed nine Cultural attachés from nine Afghan embassies on the orders of the Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund.
A letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the nine embassies, a copy of which was seen by TOLOnews, states that the Ministry of foreign Affairs has dismissed cultural attachés at Afghan embassies in Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Tajikistan, Germany, India and the United States.
The letter states that the aim of removing cultural attaché is to expand cultural relations with friendly and neighboring countries, and that new attachés will be soon appointed.
Meanwhile, the Afghan cultural attachés in some countries said that the caretaker government has no authority to dismiss them until it is officially recognized by the world.
“The sudden removal of cultural attachés by the new Afghan government without informing them in advance shows that the Taliban are still pursuing their own interests and have not changed,” said Sayed Yaghoub Hooshmand, deputy director of the cultural attaché in Iran.
According to Chapter 3 of Article 5 of the cultural attaché Procedure, “Cultural attaché staff will be relocated from their existing duties after three years of service abroad.”
“A government can send diplomats to a country or oust them when it is recognized by those countries,” said Sayed Sajjadi, an expert on international relations.
“Afghan diplomats and embassy staff in foreign countries face many challenges, including destiny, because the political order and laws in Afghanistan are not well defined,” said Javid Sangdel, a political analyst.
Although the Islamic Emirate officials have not specifically commented on the removal of these cultural attachés, they say that they have close ties with the Afghanistan embassies and diplomats abroad.
“Employees of Afghan embassies abroad are in contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their work and activities are going well without any kind of problems,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.
It has been nearly seven months since the takeover of the Islamic Emirate and Afghanistan's embassies and political representatives in most countries, including at the US embassies in the United States, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Italy, Poland, and Iran, are facing serious financial challenges. Afghanistan's ambassadors to China, Turkmenistan, and the United States have resigned because of financial problems.