Dismissing missing rumours, Afghanistan’s ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay said that he is away from the country due to some “family reasons”.
Afghanistan’s envoy to India Farid Mamundzay (Image: AP)
Dismissing missing rumours, Afghanistan’s ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay said that he is away from the country due to some “family reasons”. The clarification from the Afghan envoy came after rumours started spreading that he has been missing. During a conversation with ANI, Mamundzay made it clear that he has been away due to some family and personal reasons. Insisting that India holds a significant place in the country’s foreign policy, the Afghan official insisted that he will return to the Embassy in New Delhi in the “near future”.
“I continue my job as the Afghan Ambassador to India. I am presently away from India for personal and family reasons and will be returning to the Embassy in New Delhi in the near future,” Mamundzay told ANI. “India holds a significant place in our diplomatic relations, and we recognise its importance on regional and global stages. During my absence, the acting ambassador has effectively managed and overseen all mission-related activities,” he added. He further made it clear that the embassy will continue with its routine world and will diligently address various matters.
In May this year, the draconian Taliban regime reportedly appointed Qadir Shah as the new Afghan ambassador to India. Shah had been working as a trade councillor at the Afghan embassy since 2020. However, the embassy in New Delhi vehemently denied such a proclamation. “The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan categorically rejects the claims from an individual claiming to have taken charge of the mission in New Delhi at the behest of the Taliban administration,” the Embassy wrote in a statement. “The individual who claims to have been named “charge d’affairs” by the Taliban has been responsible for spreading misinformation and running a baseless and unsubstantiated campaign against officials of the mission including totally fabricated allegations of corruption based on an unsigned letter,” the embassy furthered.
The statement was released by the Afghanistan Embassy in New Delhi, on May 15, 2023, Monday.
In a Facebook post, Mamundzay himself described the reports as “baseless rumours”. “Unfortunately, for the past three days, some media citing unknown and unknown addresses have been spreading one-sided and biased reports against the holy profession of law and journalism, which has no truth,” he wrote. “All the diplomats and colleagues of the embassy are committed to their country’s dignity and dignity and their current affairs and consider the standard of judgment of their past and present affairs as the intention of their respected nation,” he added. Both Farid Mamundzay and Qadir Shah were close aides to the country’s former Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and were appointed to their respective posts under Atmar’s leadership, Khaama Press reported.