Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Afghanistan)

Last updated
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
National emblem of Afghanistan.svg
Mohammad Hanif Atmar in Tehran.jpg
Mohammad Hanif Atmar

since 4 April 2020
Appointer President of Afghanistan
Term length Five years, renewable
Inaugural holderMirza Ghulam Mohammad Mir Munsi

The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) (Persian : وزارت خارجه افغانستان Pashto : د افغانستان د بهرنیو چارو وزارت) is the ministry responsible for managing the foreign relations of Afghanistan.


Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan

1907–1917Mirza Ghulam Mohammad Mir Munsi(died after 1929)
1917–1919Sardar Mohammed Aziz Khan(born 1875 in Dehradu; assassinated June 6, 1933 in Berlin), 1930 Minister to Moscow 1932 Minister to Berlin.
1919–1922 Mahmud Tarzi (1st time) (b. 1865 – d. 1933)
1922–1924Mohammad Wali Khan Darwazi(1st time) (died 1933)
1924Sardar Shir Ahmad(acting) (born 1885)
1924–1927 Mahmud Tarzi (2nd time)
1927Ghulam Siddiq Khan Charkhi(1st time) (acting) (b. 1894 – d. 1962)
1927–1928Mohammad Wali Khan Darwazi(2nd time) (acting)
1928–1929Ghulam Siddiq Khan Charkhi(2nd time)
1929Ata al-Haq
1929Mohammad Wali Khan Darwazi(3rd time) (acting)
1929Ali Mohammad Khan(1st time) (acting) (b. 1891 – d. 1977)
1929–1938 Faiz Muhammad Khan Zikeria
1938–1953Ali Mohammed KhanAfghan politician, born 1891 educated Habibia College in Kabul, 1922: Inspector of Schools, 1924: Viceminister of Education, 1926-1927: Minister to Rome, 1928 Minister of Commerce, 1929 Minister of Education and Acting Foreign Minister, 1947-1953: Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1953-1963: Deputy Prime minister 1963: Minister of Court.
1953Sultan Ahmed Sherzai
1953–1963Mohammed Naim KhanSardar Muhammad Naim Khan (born 1911 in Kabul at the Royal Palace; died 27 April 1978, bur. De Sabz), youngest son of Khurshid Begum and Sardar Mohammed Aziz Khan. Mohammed Naim Khan was a brother of Mohammed Daoud Khan.
1962Ali Mohammed KhanActing Foreign Minister during an absence of Mohammed Naim Khan
1963–1965 Mohammad Yusuf While simultaneously serving as Prime Minister of Afghanistan
1965–1967 Mohammad Nur Ahmad Etemadi
1967–1971 Mohammad Nur Ahmad Etemadi While simultaneously serving as Prime Minister of Afghanistan
1971–1972 Mohammad Musa Shafiq
1972 Mohammad Musa Shafiq While simultaneously serving as Prime Minister of Afghanistan
1972-1978 Mohammed Daoud Khan While simultaneously serving as President of Afghanistan (from the 1973 coup)
1978–1979 Hafizullah Amin
1979 Shah Wali
1979–1986 Shah Mohamad Dost
1986–1992 Mohammad Abdul Wakil
1992–1994 Hidayat Amin Arsala
1994–1996 Najibullah Lafraie
1996–1997 Abdul Rahim Ghafoorzai Northern Alliance
1996–1997 Mohammad Ghous Taliban
1997–1998 Mullah Abdul Jalil Taliban
1998–1999 Mullah Mohammad Hassan Taliban
1999–October 2001 Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil Last Taliban Foreign Minister. Reported to have tried to warn the U.S. government of the upcoming al Qaeda September 11 attacks in 2001.
December 22, 2001 – March 22, 2005 Abdullah Abdullah Appointed by President Hamid Karzai.
April 20, 2005 – January 18, 2010 Rangin Dadfar Spanta Appointed by President Hamid Karzai.
January 18, 2010 – October 28, 2013 Zalmai Rassoul Appointed by President Hamid Karzai.
October 28, 2013 – December 12, 2014 Ahmad Moqbel Zarar Appointed by President Hamid Karzai.
December 12, 2014 – February 1, 2015 Atiqullah Atifmal
Appointed by President Ashraf Ghani.
February 1, 2015–23 October 2019 Salahuddin Rabbani Appointed by President Ashraf Ghani.
30 October 2019–22 January 2020Idrees Zaman
Appointed by President Ashraf Ghani.
22 January 2020–4 April 2020Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri
Appointed by President Ashraf Ghani.
4 April 2020–present Mohammad Haneef Atmar Appointed acting minister by President Ashraf Ghani in April 2020, [1] approved by Wolesi Jirga in November 2020 [2] and sworn-in on 4 February 2021. [3]

See also

Related Research Articles

Da Afghanistan Bank Central bank of Afghanistan

Da Afghanistan Bank is the central bank of Afghanistan. It regulates all banking and money handling operations in Afghanistan. The bank currently has 46 branches throughout the country, with five of these situated in Kabul, where the headquarters is also based.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Iran) Iranian government ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is an Iranian government ministry headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is a member of cabinet. The current Minister of Foreign Affairs is Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was approved by the Parliament on 15 August 2013 after being nominated by the President.

Ministry of Defense (Afghanistan)

The Afghan Ministry of Defense is an organ of the Government of Afghanistan, overseeing the Afghan Armed Forces. It is Afghanistan's ministry of defense. Its headquarters is located in Kabul.

Ministry of Womens Affairs (Afghanistan)

Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs (MOWA) is a ministry in the Afghan government which was established in late 2001 by Afghan Interim Administration.

The Ministry of Counter Narcotics is a ministry within the government of Afghanistan. It is currently headed by Salamat Azimi. Her predecessor was Mobarez Rashidi.

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock

The Afghan Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock is the Government of Afghanistan Cabinet officer responsible for managing Afghanistan's agriculture policy.

Ministry of Interior Affairs (Afghanistan) Ministry in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Interior Affairs is headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is responsible for law enforcement in Afghanistan, civil order and fighting crime. It maintains the Afghan National Police, Afghan Special Narcotics Force, Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan, and the Afghan Public Protection Force. It also supervises the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers (GDPDC).

Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan

The Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan (ASA) is the official government agency of Afghanistan that regulates the Pashto and Dari Persian languages spoken in Afghanistan. It also works with Tajikistan and Iran's official government agencies to regulate literature.

Mohammad Hanif Atmar Afghan politician

Mohammad Haneef Atmar is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs and a former Interior Minister of Afghanistan. He was removed from the Ministry of Interior Affairs by Hamid Karzai in the wake of attacks on the June 2010 Afghan Peace Jirga. Before that he worked with several international humanitarian organisations and served as Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and Minister of Education. In 2011, he was part of the Right and Justice party. During his time in office, he has visited several countries to get funding to stabilise Afghanistan.

Momin Khan Biltoon, also known as his honorific title Ustad Beltoon, was an Afghan Pashtun singer from Kabul Province, Afghanistan. He was born in Chakari village of Khaki Jabbar District, Kabul. However, he spent most of his life in Logar Province of Afghanistan. Biltoon sang in both Pashto and Dari languages. His style of music reflects the Kharabat style of Kabul. Biltoon's father died before he was born, and his mother did so when he was young. He was raised by his sister in Logar Province of Afghanistan. Biltoon learned the rubab and tanbur at a young age. He started singing at the age of 15. His first song was in both Persian and Pashto.

Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Pakistan)

The Ministry of States and Frontier Regions is a federal ministry in Pakistan. Since the Prime Minister reshuffled his cabinet on 20 November 2019, the ministry is headed by Sahabzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, previously the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.

Ponizovsky House Building of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Moscow, Russia

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Moscow is the diplomatic mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Russian Federation. It is located at 42 Povarskaya Street in the Arbat district of Moscow.

Afghanistan Investment Support Agency was established in September 2003 as an agency that is charged with the responsibility to facilitate registration, licensing and promotion of all investments in Afghanistan. Its purpose is to attract industrial and developmental investment. AISA does this by providing services to investors, facilitating cross border partnerships, advocating business enabling measures and reforms, and proactively promoting Afghanistan as an attractive business and investment destination.

Ministry of Education (Afghanistan)

The Afghan Ministry of Education (Pashto: د پوهني وزارت افغانستان‎) is responsible for policy formulation, the organization and supervision of education in Afghanistan. Its headquarters is located in Kabul. The current Education Minister is Assadullah Hanif Balkhi. The Ministry of Education provides a semi-annual report to inform the public of advancements in Afghanistan's education sector.

Ministry of Finance (Afghanistan)

The Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan is responsible for the implementation and execution of the budget, collection of taxes, organization, and control of public expenses in Afghanistan; it also controls the management of the Custom Affairs. The Ministry of Finance provides a quarterly report to inform the public of advancements in Afghanistan's financial sector.

Ministry of Information and Culture (Afghanistan)

The Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture is the Afghan Government Ministry in charge of Culture, Tourism, Publishing Affairs and Youth Affairs. The ministry is currently led by Abdul Bari Jahani.

The Afghan Ministry of Higher Education is the Government ministry that is in charge of regulating, expanding and developing Afghanistan's institutions of higher education. It is responsible for the training of teachers and for establishing a national higher education curriculum as well as special education programs, in-service training, and promoting further education for university faculty members. It also develops partnerships with international universities, organizes seminars and conferences, ensures that residential accommodation is available for students and teachers of universities and provides expertise and training in accounting and management procedures and in computer literacy.

Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Afghanistan)

The Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation is the Afghan Government Ministry in charge of the management of air and ground transportation, operation of airports and the national airline, as well as numerous other state owned enterprises engaged in the transport business. As of 2013 the minister was Daoud Ali Najafi.

Tariq Shah Bahramee

Tariq Shah Bahramee is a general in the Afghanistan Army.


  1. "Haneef Atmar appointed acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan". 4 April 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "House of Representatives Gives Ten Ministerial Nominees Vote of Confidence". 21 November 2020. Retrieved 15 May 2021.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Foreign Minister Takes the Oath of Office". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Press release). 5 February 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)