Biography H. E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah



H. E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah

Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation

Since March 2020, as Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, Dr. Abdullah is responsible to lead, coordinate and manage all efforts and activities relating to Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation processes.

Prior, he served as Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from 2014 to 2020, heading the Council of Ministers and acting as a partner in State and government decision-making bodies.

Dr. Abdullah was a candidate for President on three occasions in general elections that were seen by many as inconclusive in 2014 and 2019, resulting in political agreements and a power-sharing arrangement.

At the historic post-Taliban conference held in Bonn, Germany in December 2001, Dr. Abdullah was selected as the Foreign Minister in the interim Administration led by President Hamid Karzai. In June 2002, Dr. Abdullah was reconfirmed as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan by a Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly).

During his tenure till 2006, Dr. Abdullah broadened Afghanistan’s foreign relations, and successfully advanced and promoted the new foreign policy agenda.

Thereafter, Dr. Abdullah served as Secretary General of the Massoud Foundation, 2006-2009.

Previous to the 2001 Bonn conference, during the post-communist and anti-Taliban/alQaida period, Dr. Abdullah had served as Foreign Minister of the Islamic State of Afghanistan (1998-2001), Deputy Foreign Minister (1996-1998) and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense (1992-1996).

From 1985-1992, during the anti-Soviet occupation period, he joined the resistance as a humanitarian and medical coordinator, later serving as a senior advisor and aide to Afghanistan’s National Hero and former resistance Mujahedeen leader, Ahmad Shah Massoud.

Dr. Abdullah is married and has three daughters and one son. He is fluent in Dari, Pashto and English, and is proficient in Arabic and French.