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The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has appointed Ambassador Hakimi to play a major role in facilitating and assisting with the massive reconstruction efforts that lie ahead. Furthermore, his appointment is an attempt to further strengthen bilateral ties and the strategic partnership between Afghanistan and the United States of America.
Ambassador Hakimi is a career diplomat with well-established credentials in numerous fields. He obtained a Master’s degree from the Kabul Polytechnic Institute in 1991. The Ambassador previously worked as an adviser in the fields of policy formulation, government reform, and institutional capacity building at the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission and the Office of the Vice President, during 2002 and 2005. Additionally, he has expert knowledge in engineering and strategic planning.
In 2005, Ambassador Hakimi was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Afghanistan to the People’s Republic of China, while serving as non-resident Ambassador to Mongolia and Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He also served as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Japan, and was appointed as Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs in 2010. In these positions, Ambassador Hakimi participated in numerous diplomatic initiatives, and had significant achievements. He played an influential role in strengthening ties between donor countries and various ministries of Afghanistan, as well as in regional cooperation and integration through economic projects, diplomatic outreach and coordination between regional and international actors.
In addition to his assignment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Afghanistan to the United States, Ambassador Hakimi will serve as Afghanistan’s non-resident envoy to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.