Afghanistan’s ambassador to China, Javid Ahmad Qaem, resigned last week after months of non-payment of salaries.
Javid Ahmed Qaem and other diplomats at the Afghan embassy in Beijing have not been paid since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Qaem posted the handover letter on Twitter on Monday. This letter is from January 1.
In the letter, several diplomats have already left the Afghan embassy in Beijing. Qaem said he had not received his salary since last August. “There are many reasons,” Qaem wrote on Twitter. Personal and professional, but I don’t want to mention them here.
“I have spoken on the phone several times,” Qaem wrote in his handover letter. I am resigning from 2nd January. Looking at the situation and restrictions, I do not know when I can come to the office. That’s why I am posting the handover letter so that another ambassador can come to the Afghan Embassy in Beijing without any complications.
According to Reuters, the Afghan Foreign Ministry has not yet commented.
However, at a daily press conference on tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Javid Ahmad Qaem had left China for personal reasons.