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Afghan ambassador to India resigns during President Ghani’s Delhi visit

20 Sep 2018 Rasad News Agency

DELHI: In what came as a surprise move for the government, Ambassador to India Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali resigned on Wednesday.

The Afghan announced his resignation on Twitter, at the end of President Ashraf Ghani’s one-day visit to Delhi.

Stepping Down – A tough but an appealing decision: On a high note ending a successful visit of HE the Afghan President in India, I resigned today as the Afghan Ambassador to India. Serving in India for more than six years was indeed a great honor and privilege… pic.twitter.com/VcfUA1ULGF

— Dr Shaida Abdali (@ShaidaAbdali) September 19, 2018

“Serving my country for years in India, I felt the need to return and serve my country from within,” Dr Abdali wrote.

.. for which I’m deeply grateful to the friendly people and govt. of India. Serving my country for years in India, I felt the need to return and serve my country from within. During my tenure, I have had the honor of witnessing our relations going from strength to strength..

— Dr Shaida Abdali (@ShaidaAbdali) September 19, 2018

According to Indian media, the timing of Dr. Abdali’s resignation has strengthened speculation that he has differences with the Ghani gov’t and will run for office on return.

After six years of service, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India Dr Shaida Abdali tendered his resignation. In the diplomatic circles, to and fro movement of officials is not new. But what was striking with Abdali’s stepping down is that the announcement came when Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani is on a visit to India and that it was announced in a series of tweets which means Ambassador Abdali was eager to make it a public exercise than something done behind the official confinements.

In an interview to the Hindu, Abdali said he has decided to go back to Afghanistan to work for it from within. “Right now, I want to look at priorities for Afghanistan. Today if you tell me I have to choose between being the Ambassador and a situation in Afghanistan where national unity and peace is at risk, I would prefer to work for peace and unity in my country,” he said. “Public life is not a privilege in Afghanistan, it is a sacrifice. I understand that, and I am willing to sacrifice,” he added. Dr Abdali also said: “I wish Afghanistan had been in a better place by now. I am returning because the situation is so much worse than it was 6 years ago. We had a much better environment. I had hoped I would return to peace and stability. Today I return out of compulsion, because there is a pressing need to return and do something to help the situation there.”

Apparently, the diplomat has decided to return to Afghanistan to serve his personal aspirations of doing something good for his country. But there could be more to the story that led to his stepping down.

(Rasad News Agency)

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