Photo: Abdul Qahar Balkhi via X

Taliban Appoint New Envoy to Run Embassy in UAE

Taliban has appointed an envoy to run the Afghanistan embassy in the United Arab Emirates, the group’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the ministry’s spokesperson, said in a statement on the X platform on Thursday, October 26, that Badruddin Haqqani has begun his job as the new Chargé d’affaires to the UAE in an official ceremony.

Balkhi said the UAE government’s acceptance of Haqqani’s appointment is an important development in the relations between the two countries which will further strengthen bilateral ties.

The UAE has not made an official statement in this regard.

The Taliban-led government is not recognized by any foreign country, including the UAE. Most of Afghanistan’s embassies are still run by ambassadors appointed by the former republican government, who are outspoken critics of the Taliban.

Some countries have maintained diplomatic and economic relations with the group, including China, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan, and more.