The Islamic Emirate has sent diplomats to at least 14 countries, a spokesman said, adding that efforts are underway to take charge of other diplomatic missions abroad.
The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that diplomats of the former government are continuing their activities in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.
“There could be some of them (diplomats) who have not been in contact with us, or they didn’t want to be in contact with us; anyway, they are the people who do not represent any side. But the diplomats are in contact with the Foreign Ministry. They represent the Islamic Emirate and the people of Afghanistan,” he said.
However, some diplomats of the former government who are in charge of Afghanistan’s diplomatic missions said that they do not have official relations with Kabul due to a lack of adherence to international norms by the Islamic Emirate.
“Some of them are influenced by the political situation in the country and they were forced to cooperate with the Taliban. Some of the embassies that are in Europe and the US, they indeed changed their course,” said Mehdi Minadi, a former diplomat.
“Regarding the institutions that are officially active or were active, the embassies and diplomatic missions, the Foreign Ministry... did not take immediate action over them to assess the situation of the embassies and political missions abroad,” said Mirwais Ghiasi, a former diplomat.
“There is no official contact with the Kabul department. One of the main goals of the embassy is to provide consulate services very transparently and normally to citizens,” said Ahmad Khalid Akbar, the diplomat of Afghanistan’s embassy in Rome.
However, some political analysts believe that the fate of Afghanistan’s diplomatic missions abroad will not be clarified until the Islamic Emirate is recognized.
“The diplomats that are in Western countries--they are conducting consulate services for the Afghan refugees in these countries. This is a convenience but they should release their incomes transparently,” said Toreq Farhadi, political analyst.
According to the Islamic Emirate, its diplomats are in Tehran, Istanbul, Islamabad, Dubai, Kremlin, Beijing and Kazakhstan as well as some other Arabic and African countries.