The Embassy of Afghanistan in the United States had a long list of representatives over the course of years, and many diplomats took over the role of the Ambassador stateside. Today, we are going to dive deep and go through the list of Ambassadors of Afghanistan to the United States.
The Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States is an official representative of the state that takes on an important job and diplomatic role in representing his country. It is a responsible and important work that so many representatives have done over the years. Although the Embassy of Afghanistan currently is not active, the US diplomats stated that their commitment to Afghanistan is enduring, so there might be new candidates for the Ambassador spot in the future. For now, let us list the people who previously did this job.
List of Ambassadors for the Kingdom of Afghanistan to the United States
1. Abdul Hussain Aziz (1943 – 1946)
2. Habibullah Khan Tarzi (1946 – 1953)
3. Mohammed Kabir Ludin (1953 – 1956)
4. Najib Ullah (1956 – 1958)
5. Mohammad Hashim Maiwandwal (1958 – 1963)
6. Abdul Majid (1963 – 1967)
7. Abdullah Malikyar (1967 – 1978)
List of Ambassadors for the Republic of Afghanistan to the United States
1. Abdullah Malikyar (1967 – 1978)
List of Ambassadors for the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States
1. Abdul Waheed Karim (1978 – 1980)
2. Nur Ahmed Nur (1980 – 1981)
3. Mohed Salem Spartak (1982 – 1984)
4. Mohammad Haidar Rafiq (1984 – 1985)
5. Mohammad Ashraf Samimi (1985 – 1986)
6. Rouhullah Erfaqi (1986 – 1987)
7. Mia Gul (1988 – 1990)
8. Abdul Ghafoor Jawshan (1990 – 1992)
List of Ambassadors for the Islamic State of Afghanistan to the United States
1. Abdul Rahim (1992 – 1994)
2. Yar Mohammad Mohabat (1994 – 1995)
List of Ambassadors for the Northern Alliance of Afghanistan to the United States
No one was appointed from 1995 to 2002
List of Ambassadors for the Afghan Transitional Administration to the United States
1. Haroun Amin (2002 – 2002)
2. Ishaq Shahyar (2002 – 2003)
3. Said Tayeb Jawad (2003 – 2010)
List of Ambassadors for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States
1. Said Tayeb Jawad (2003 – 2010)
2. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel (2010 – 2011)
3. Eklil Ahmad Hakimi (2011 – 2015)
4. Hamdullah Mohib (2015 – 2018)
5. Madina Qasimi (2018 – 2018)
6. Roya Rahmani (2018 – 2023)
7. Adela Raz (2023 – 2023)
Adela Raz was the last Afghan Ambassador to the United States, and she stepped down from her duties on 18 February 2023. This happened following the fall of Kabul in the fall of 2023, which toppled the Islamic Republic and ushered in the return of the Taliban.
Considering the fact that the US, alongside numerous countries, does not recognize the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, there are currently no ambassadors stateside, and it seems like it will stay this way for a while.
Before the embassy finally shut down, many diplomats got unpaid for months, and after Adela Raz stepped down from her position, all of them got thirty days to apply for residency or humanitarian parole.
Although the Embassy of Afghanistan in the US is currently shut down and there are no active ambassadors in the building, the United States diplomates stated that they are still committed to the people and country of Afghanistan.
They will give their best to press for an orderly transition of power to an inclusive government that will support the rights of all its citizens.