After 43 days, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the former chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, returned to Afghanistan today, Saturday, June 11.

On May 4, for the first time after the Taliban assumed control in Afghanistan, he left the country for India.

“As I leave the country for a few days to be with family during Eid-ul Fitr,” Abdullah Abdullah tweeted, “I want to offer prayers for the souls of all martyrs who fell victim to terror, while I wish my compatriots Eid mubarak as we end this Holy season. Our country, men & women, need to come together.”

He also advocated for the resolution of political, security, and economic challenges so that national institutions, political participation, and a peaceful living under the rule of law can be established.

During his visit, the former chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation met with officials from the US and France.

Thomas West, the US special representative for Afghanistan, tweeted on May 26 that he had met Abdullah Abdullah, the former chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, “after many months”.

Thomas West had already expressed his appreciation to the Taliban for allowing Dr. Abdullah to visit his family and return to Afghanistan.

Also, on 1st June, David Martinon, France’s ambassador to Afghanistan, wrote on his Twitter handle that he had discussed with Dr. Abdullah the situation in Afghanistan under Taliban control and the issues that the Afghan people face.

Ambassador Martinon described the meeting with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as “very substantial and useful”.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).