Biography of H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani
Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani was born in Kabul in May 10, 1971. He earned his BSc from Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Management and Marketing in 1995. He also served in the financial accounting department of Saudi Aramco before moving to the United Arab Emirates to work in the private sector in 1996. Mr. Rabbani received his Master’s in Business Management from Kingston University in the United Kingdom in 2000.
He subsequently joined the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving as Political Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nation in New York. During his tenure, he represented Afghanistan at the First Committee of the United Nations’ General Assembly on Disarmament and International Security, and was also in charge of covering a wide-rage of issues at the UN Security Council, related to international peace and security.
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 (SIPA), 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 render a constructive role in the country, as head of the Jamiat-e-Islami Party and first Chairman of the High Peace Council.
In 2010, Mr. Rabbani was appointed as Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Turkey. Following the tragic assassination of his late father in September 2011, he was appointed head of the Jamiat-e-Islami political party.
In March 2012, then Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, appointed Mr. Rabbani as the new Chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC). His appointment was supported and endorsed broadly by the members of the HPC. As Chairman of the HPC, he succeeded his late father in leading a comprehensive effort in conducting a national dialogue, aimed at initiating peace talks with elements of the armed opposition for a peaceful settlement to the Afghan conflict.
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 1st of February 2015, he took oath as Afghanistan’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Rabbani is married and has four children.