SALAHUDDIN RABBANI

Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani was born in Kabul on May 10, 1971. He earned his BSc in Management and Marketing from Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1995.

He subsequently joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, serving as Political Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nation in New York.

In 2006, he left the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pursue his second post-graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and completed his MA in International Affairs in 2008. Soon after, he returned to Afghanistan and served as a Political Advisor to his late father, Former President Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, who continued to play a constructive role in the country as head of the Jamiat-e-Islami political party and Chairman of the High Peace Council.

In 2010, Mr. Rabbani was appointed Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Turkey. Following the tragic assassination of his father in September 2011, he was selected head of Jamiat-e-Islami.

In March 2012, then Afghan President Hamid Karzai appointed Mr. Rabbani as the new Chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council. His appointment was supported and endorsed broadly by the members of the Council.

Following the formation of the Government of National Unity, Mr. Rabbani was nominated by H.E. President Ashraf Ghani to serve as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in January 12, 2015. His nomination received vote of confidence by the Afghan Wolesi Jirga (Parliament) in January 28, 2015, and just days later, on the February 1, 2015, he was sworn into office.

After five years of serving as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he resigned on October 23, 2019 and now he is leading the Jamiat-e Islami party.