Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Rabbani resigns

Departing minister says he will remain in the service of Afghan people

FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo, Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, speaks during a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister, Rabbani, has resigned his post. In a resignation letter to President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday, Oct. 23, Rabbani said the Foreign Ministry has been sidelined and is being treated as a non-governmental organization. “It is unbearable,” he said.(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
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Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister, Salahuddin Rabbani, has resigned his post, saying the country’s ministry has been sidelined.

In a resignation letter to President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday, Mr Rabbani said the Foreign Ministry was being treated as a non-government organisation.

“It is unbearable,” he said on Twitter. “The continued process of state institutions being damaged, undermined and pushed aside in various ways was no longer tolerable.

Mr Rabbani said he would continue to work for the people of Afghanistan.

He began his tenure as foreign minister in 2015, and continued in as acting foreign minister amid political infighting.

His resignation is a further blow to Mr Ghani, who had several differences of opinion with his foreign minister.

Mr Rabbani said he witnessed the creation of parallel structures during his tenure in the name of administrative reform, damaging national unity.

There were other differences of opinion between the president and Mr Rabbani, and he was sometimes not invited to meetings at the presidential palace.

He supported the Chief Executive, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Mr Ghani’s opponent, in presidential elections on September 28. The results have not been announced.