Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister to Speak at Mason

Posted: March 15, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Abdullah Abdullah
Abdullah Abdullah
Embassy of Afghanistan photo

Abdullah Abdullah, minister of foreign affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, will discuss “Afghanistan from the Bonn Process to the London Conference and the Path Ahead” on Wednesday, March 22, in Harris Theater on the Fairfax Campus. The talk, which is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Global Studies, will begin at 6 p.m.

Abdullah was appointed foreign minister of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan after the UN-sponsored national Loya Jirga, the assembly of 1,501 selected officials from across the country that decided on a transitional government.

Born in Kabul in 1960, Abdullah studied ophthalmology at Kabul University’s Department of Medicine, where he received an MD degree in 1983.

He worked as an ophthalmologist at Noor Eye Institute in Kabul and at the Ophthalmology Hospital for Afghan Refugees in Peshawar. He was also director of Healthcare for the Resistance Front.

In 1986, Abdullah became the special advisor and chief assistant to Ahmad Shah Masood who later became the Northern Alliance commander and was assassinated just before the Sept. 11 attacks. From 1993 until 1996 Abdullah served as the director general in the Ministry of Defense in Kabul.

In 1996, he was named deputy foreign minister and spokesperson for the Islamic State of Afghanistan and became foreign minister in 1998. During the Bonn Intra-Afghan talks in December 2001, Abdullah was selected as the minister of foreign affairs for the Interim Administration of Afghanistan under Chairman Hamid Karzai.

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