Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Foreign Minister stepped down from his post on Wednesday morning citing 'differences on foreign policies' with the leadership of the national unity government.
In his resignation letter, Karzai said that he has worked for peace and stability in the country under the framework of the country’s foreign policy to keep the balance in relations of Afghanistan with neighbouring countries, region and powerful countries, adding that he has launched “a mechanism to gain peace.”
“Due to deep differences in the views of the National Unity Government (NUG) and limiting the work space,” he resigned, he said in a letter adding that in the current situation “it would be better to be with the people.”
However, there are reports that Karzai will run in the upcoming Presidential Elections, but he has not mentioned this in his resignation letter.
He was appointed as the Deputy Foreign Minister on 21 January 2015.
At the Ministry, he has chaired several national and international processes/forums including Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process, Regional Economic Cooperation Conference for Afghanistan (RECCA), and International Contact Group (ICG) amongst others.
He led the Afghan delegations for talks with the Taliban in July 2015 and at the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and United States) meetings with a focus on creating an enabling environment for the Afghan peace process.
Prior to his current appointment, he was the Founding Director of the Afghanistan's Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies and under his leadership, CAPS become one of the leading research and advocacy centers in Afghanistan.
In addition to the main office in Kabul, CAPS have regional branches in Kandahar, Khost, Parwan and Helmand.
Karzai has been engaged in various national processes with particular emphasis on the Peace Process and Youth Empowerment.
In 2009, he authored a major initiative titled: Trust Building and Paving the Road for Reconciliation. As a result of his effort, CAPS provided pro-bono legal assistance to thousands of security detainees throughout the country.