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Afghanistan’s ambassador to China, Javid Ahmad Qaim, resigns with colorful resignation

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Javid Ahmed Keem has served as ambassador since November 2019

Beijing:

Afghanistan’s ambassador to China left a colorful resignation note on Monday for his successor to the latter – revealing that staff had not been paid for months and that a lone receptionist was left to answer the phone .

Javid Ahmad Qaim detailed on Twitter how he had to withdraw cash from the embassy’s bank account to pay employees after the Taliban took over Afghanistan last August.

Qam, in a letter to the Afghan Foreign Ministry on January 1, posted on social media on Monday, “Since we have not received salaries from Kabul for the past six months, we have appointed a committee from within the diplomats to resolve the financial issues.” appointed.”

Nevertheless, he left some money for his successor.

“Today, as of January 1, 2022, there are approximately $100,000 left in the account.”

He did not say where he was going next.

In a picture of a barely functioning embassy, ​​Cam’s letter revealed that he had left the keys to five embassy cars in his office and was assigned a lone local hire to answer questions after all the other diplomats had left .

Many of Afghanistan’s embassies are in diplomatic limbo, run by staff still loyal to the Western-backed government torn down by the Taliban.

Many Afghan diplomats have abandoned their Beijing postings since the fall of Kabul, with Qam writing in a tweet calling his resignation “the end of an honorable responsibility”.

“I believe that when the new person, Mr. Sadat, arrives in Beijing, there will be no other diplomats left,” the letter said, adding that China was “well informed”.

diplomatic limbo

It was not immediately clear the whereabouts of his successor, or who had appointed him, and there was no immediate comment from Taliban officials in Kabul.

The Afghan embassy in Beijing appeared open as usual on Monday afternoon, with the internationally recognized Afghan tricolor and two security guards outside.

Qaim, who has served as ambassador since November 2019, expressed concerns about the Taliban in media interviews soon after China hosted a delegation in July.

Weeks later, the Taliban captured Kabul and formed a new Islamic government.

Since then, with inflation and unemployment rising, Afghanistan has plunged into financial chaos.

China has provided millions in aid to Afghanistan since the takeover, and the new regime sees Beijing as an important source of investment.

The Taliban have not appointed new representatives for most missions, and their government is not recognized by any nation.

Beijing is not the only Afghan embassy that has fallen into a state of chaos.

Police were called to the country’s embassy in Rome last week after a dismissed Afghan diplomat claimed to have attacked the ambassador, the mission said.

The Taliban’s foreign ministry in Kabul said the diplomat still had a valid contract and that his dismissal was illegal.

There has also been a diplomatic standoff at the United Nations, with representatives of the former and current regimes claiming the seat of Afghanistan.

At the end of last year, the UN Security Council indefinitely postponed decision-making on the matter.

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