Official diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Australia were established in 1969. Between 1975 and 1987, the Afghan Ambassador to Japan was also accredited to Australia. After the creation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan after liberation from Taliban rule, Afghanistan has maintained a Resident Embassy in Canberra since 2002. The Ambassador to Australia is also concurrently Ambassador to both New Zealand and Fiji.

Afghan Non-Resident Ambassador to Australia (1975 - 1978)

Mr. Ali Ahmad POPAL*

Date of Presentation of Credentials: 1 May 1975 from Tokyo, Japan

* Change of regime and Soviet invasion lowered the level of bilateral relationship with Japan and Australia between 1978 and 1987

 

Afghan Resident Ambassadors to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji (2002 - Present)

Mr. Mahmoud SAIKAL

Date of Presentation of Credentials (Australia): 27 June 2002

Date of Presentation of Credentials (New Zealand): 7 May 2003

Mr. Mohammad Anwar ANWARZAI

Date of Presentation of Credentials (Australia): 24 November 2005

Mr. Amanullah JAYHOON  

Date of Presentation of Credentials (Australia): 31 May 2007

Date of Presentation of Credentials (New Zealand): 4 December 2007

Dr. Nasir Ahmad ANDISHA

Date of Presentation of Credentials (Australia): 25 August 2011

Date of Presentation of Credentials (New Zealand): 28 August 2012

Date of Presentation of Credentials (Fiji): 20 November 2012

Mr. Wahidullah WAISSI   

Date of Presentation of Credentials (Australia): 1 March 2017

Date of Presentation of Credentials (New Zealand): 6 September 2017

Date of Presentation of Credentials (Fiji): 24 April 2018

 

Afghan Honorary Consuls in Australia and New Zealand

Mr. Mir Zamanuddin MUSLEH

Canberra, Australia, 1993 *

Mr. Yasin HOTAKI

Auckland, New Zealand, 2018

* This is the date of appointment for Mr. Musleh as Consul of Afghanistan in Australia by the Afghan Government. He never submitted his exequatur to the Government of Australia. All honorary consular activities suspended when the Taliban captured Kabul in 1996.