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Salahuddin Rabbani

Salahuddin RabbaniIn October 2011, Salahuddin Rabbani was appointed as the acting head of Jamiat-e-Islami, the leading Tajik political party. Salahuddin Rabbani was named as High Peace Council chairman on 14 April 2012. On 14 April 2011, President Karzai appointed Mr. Rabbani as Chairman of High Peace Council with strong support and encouragement of the Political leaders, Ulema, Tribal leaders and elders as well as members of the High Peace Council.

The Afghan government convened a consultative jirga in 2010 on initiating peace talks with the Taliban, and following forums recommendation, Burhanuddin Rabbani [Salahuddin's father] was named chairman of the 70-member panel. A suicide bomber on September 19, 2011 killed former Afghan president and head of the country's High Peace Council Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was spearheading peace efforts with the Taliban.

After Burhanuddin Rabbanis assassination, negotiations with the Taliban came to a halt for approximately six months. The United States, meanwhile, launched parleys with the insurgent movement in Doha, the capital of Qatar, where Talibans political bureau was expected to open.

Sallahuddin Rabbani was born in Kabul in 1971. He is from northeastern Badakhshan province. After graduating from high school, he went to Saudi Arabia for higher education. In 1995, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Marketing and Management from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. In Saudi Arabian, he worked for the Saudi oil giant -- ARAMCO. In 1996, he moved to Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, where he worked till 1998. Later that year, he returned to Afghanistan and worked at the Presidential Palace as an interpreter and advisor. In June 1999, he went to London for higher studies and received his Masters in Business Administration from the Kingston University's Business School in 2001.

In 2002 Salahuddin joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2003 to 2006, he served as political consular at Afghanistans Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

In 2006, he left the Foreign Ministry and got admission to the Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he received his second Masters' in International Affairs. After graduating from the Columbia University in 2008,, he returned to Afghanistan and joined Jamiat-i-Islami's political department. In August 2010, he rejoined the Foreign Ministry and in December 2010 he was appointed as ambassador to Turkey.

In 2002, Salahuddin joined the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2003 to 2006 he worked as political counselor at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York. He represented Afghanistan in the first committee of the United Nations, International security and disarmament.

In 2006 Mr. Rabbani resigned from the Foreign Ministry and applied at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where he received his second Masters' degree in International Affairs. His concentration in SIPA was International Security Policy. In 2008, after graduating from Columbia University, he returned to Afghanistan and worked in Jamiat-e-Islami's political department, as deputy head for political affairs.

In August 2010 he rejoined the Foreign Ministry and in December 2010 he was appointed as Ambassador of Afghanistan to Turkey. Mr. Rabbani returned to Afghanistan in September 2011 after the martyrdom of his father, Jamiat-e-Islamis leader Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Mr. Rabbani is married and has four Children.



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